Brewers have been mixing their buzzes with coffee-fueled beers for decades, but nowhere else in the country does coffee beer quite like Southern California.
The region is home to many fantastic small-batch coffee roasters, and these bean-loving artisans share the flavor-fanaticism that also fuels the craft beer scene. Collaborations between brewers and roasters are increasingly common, and the results range from inky black beers that showcase all the roasted flavors common to bean and barley, to amber ales whose sweetness highlights the more subtle qualities of the coffee.
Coffee beers are an exciting intersection in craft beverages, and they can provide a helpful gateway to coffee lovers looking to develop a taste for craft beer. Here are just a few of the superlative local collaborations that coffee snobs and beer nerds alike will fawn over.
Portola Coffee Lab — Beachwood Brewing Tovarish
Trystero Coffee — Highland Park Brewery Wake Up
Eagle Rock Brewery Tasting Room, 3056 Roswell Ave., Los Angeles.