Amber waves of espresso

You know a beer is flying high when it garners its own hashtag. #EspressoAmberAle from Peak Organic hits the taps this month, and like the sunny weather, won’t be around long. Coffee and beer, beer and coffee. Resistance is futile. Grab this limited release while its fresh and frosty.

For the past few years the Portland brewery has worked with Coffee By Design for their roasty, toasty brew. This year founder Jon Cadoux headed to the Empire State for a collab with Irving Farm Coffee Roasters.

Tucked away in eastern New York, 12 miles from the Mass. line, the roasters impressed the caffeine-mad brewer. “They share our ethos of direct relationships with growers,” he said.

“What we do is find an ingredient, coffee or hops or wheat, something that stands out to us with incredible quality.”

The barn roastery sandwiched between the Catskills and the Berkshires, sounds like a road-trip-in-the-making. Their hands-on approach to bean sourcing and ability to create “world class coffee” impressed the Peak team. “It blew me away,” said Cadoux, who cupped with these guys to find the right marriage.

So what can we expect from this match made in hop heaven?

“This year’s is a lighter roast with these amazing green apple and cinnamon notes,” he said. “It’s so wild.”

Look for this, malty, amber wake-up call soon at Local Sprouts in Portland, Local Buzz in Cape Elizabeth and downtown Bangor at Blaze and Nocturnem Draft Haus. In 22 ounce bottles at Whole Foods, Bier Cellar in Portland and Hogan Road Deli in BGR.





Kathleen Pierce

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A lifelong journalist with a deep curiosity for what's next. Interested in food, culture, trends and the thrill of a good scoop. BDN features reporter based in Portland since 2013.