By now, everyone is familiar with brewery collaborations -- when two breweries get together and brewmasters go to work deciding the best way to blend the tastes and styles of their most inspired beer ideas into a single, glorious new beer.
While two craft breweries getting together to create something special is enough to get anyone excited, how about a collaboration between a local beer brewery and local coffee roaster?
Luckily, South Floridians can taste that pairing this week when Boynton Beach's Due South Brewing Company releases it special run of Cafe Ole Espresso porter brewed with Fort Lauderdale's Argyle Coffee Roasters custom small-roast, specialty coffee blend.
This Tuesday, Due South Brewing will be tapping into their very first batch of Cafe Ole porter brewed with a specialty blend of coffee created with Argyle Coffee Roasters, Broward County's only custom coffee roaster.
Since launching their business several months ago, Argyle founders and owners Manny and Amy Carrera have been working with local restaurants, coffee shops, and establishments to create custom coffee blends. After a series of cuppings -- coffee tastings that allow customers to sample the flavor profile of various beans -- clients are able to custom-tailor a roast.
Most recently, Argyle has worked with Boynton Beach's Due South Brewing. Founders Mike and Jodi Hawker -- along with their brewing team -- did multiple cuppings to develop a custom dark roast to brew their Cafe Ole porter.
The specialty blend was delivered to the brewery just days after roasting, and used only a few hours after grinding to brew a double-batch of Cafe Ole porter, according to brewer Joel Kodner. Both parties expect the final results to be full of intense coffee flavor. If all goes as planned, the collaboration may continue.
"This beer is my favorite Due South beer," said Kodner. "And I'm especially excited about collaborating with Argyle. Working with them has been an awesome and educational experience. Manny and Amy are very much like [beer] brewers in the way they approach their craft, and the science behind what they do is fascinating to me."
The Cafe Ole made with Argyle's custom blend will be tapping Tuesday, December 16, at noon (and they may also be pouring a couple nitro kegs). The brewery tasting room will also be selling bags of the special roast coffee for $15, while supplies last.
Nicole Danna is a food blogger covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.
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