Breakfast Beer

I’m not a big fan of the Heartland Brewery (on 51st btw. 6+7th) after paying $7 for 5 onion rings, but this post on the Village Voice blog kind of intrigued me: HB has just introduced a new porter that “combines ale with an earthy, dark Columbian coffee from Oren’s Daily Roast.” It’s tough to arugue with that… now if only we could get them to man up their order of onion rings.


  • Lagunitas brewery (one of my favorites) does a Cappuccino Stout that’s really dark and potent. Has a chocolatey coffee undertone and a little caffeine kick.

  • I used to work in that building. I hated leaving on the 51st entrance because of the grease smell.

  • If you’re interested in this, you should really try Gorilla Warfare from Sixpoint (brewed in Brooklyn). Coffee porter brewed with Gorilla coffee.

  • The rest of the world has been scratching it’s collective head and trying to figure out WTF America is smoking that makes us put things like pumpkins, blueberries, chili peppers, chocolate and coffee into a perfectly good beer. Then they remember that American beer by & large sucks ass and the microbrewers who perform this crime against nature have simply invented a way for American beer to suck ass in a slightly different way.

  • Wayne,well said. ‘Flavoured’ beer’s are bloody disgusting(Cranberry Stout…jesus wept)

    It’s a crime the Micro breweries;that have been doing stirling work, are now going down this path too.

    And Mama,stella is not a bloody Girly pint:)

  • RMcB, I like a good micro pint too if it’s made from hops, yeast, barley & water.

    Everything else might as well be Zima (aka Satan’s Backwash)

    I’d be willing to excuse the Belgian monks for the fruit thing as celibacy makes you do strange things

  • Hops wayne? You’re such a pussy putting flowers in your beer, you may as well drink a caramel macchiato. For that matter, why have any flavor in your alcohol? Let’s all just drink diluted ethanol!

  • For the record, my preferred styles of beer are IPA, hefeweizen, and oatmeal stout.

  • Stella was £4.80 a pint @ Canary Warf this lunch time.

    I blame Obama.

  • @paul: amen to that. i assiduously avoid that block, figuring that those vapors probably can clog your lungs just like eating the stuff clogs your arteries.

  • £4.80 ($7.22) isn’t that bad considering the UK has a 17.5% VAT and an imperial pint is 25% bigger.

  • Tom, J’accuse!

    IPA is the hoppiest of beers, hefeweise is usually polluted with lemon and you probably put maple syrup in your oatmeal stout ! Plus, your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberry!

  • The pinnacle of potables, however, is the ’71 Hobo’s Delight, the ’57 Chateau Parté and the ’66 Thunder Chevitz mixed together in a big jug.

  • Tom, I think you will enjoy this:

  • “If you like to smell your hand after pumping gas, look no further than Thunderbird”


  • The Cisco entry is legendary.
    “Often, people on a Cisco binge end up curled into a fetal ball, shuddering and muttering paranoid rants. Nudity and violence may well be involved too.”

  • Wayne, that’s not Cisco that’s a MTL meet.

  • When I was 19 I split a bottle of Thunderbird with a friend in a dare-based coming of age ritual that was the stuff of buddy movie gold. It was so rancid we had to chase it with shots of kentucky straight in order to keep it down (Wild Turkey, if such things excite you).

    Needless to say, said night ended with me propping up my friend while he tried to piss out a first story window that he (mistakenly) thought was open. Sogginess and hilarity ensued.

    Having lived through – and somehow perhaps even enjoyed – that, I can say with certainty that Heartland Brewery’s beers are a fate worse than Thunderbird: For the same $6 and tastebud masochism, you might as well get a story (and some blackmail material) out of the deal.

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