As beer drinkers and beer lovers, we all have our favorite brews to consume. But what about the fine men and women who brew our favorite beers? Do they have favorites they love to drink and brew? They do.
At Third Wheel Brewing in St. Peters, one of the staff’s favorite beers is about to return. Saint Peters’ Porter with Coffee. This new variant will be released on October 9th in the taproom, located at 4008 N Service Road.
Saint Peters’ Porter was actually one of head brewer Abbey Spencers’ first homebrew recipes. It was originally inspired by Founders Porter, a lovely, chocolatey, smooth delicious Robust Porter. Over the years, it has gone through many changes to reach what it is today. “We originally wanted to make a dark beer that didn’t have as much coffee and burnt flavors as a stout, but still had a kick of alcohol and sweetness,” said Spencer. “We received several homebrew awards over the years for the beer, and we were excited to scale up on a professional system at Third Wheel.”
Why A Porter?
The Porter is a great style for a coffee addition, and Third Wheel chose to release the coffee variant as the weather starts to cool and dark beers are sought after. Spencer and her team use St. Peters’ Porter as the base, and then cold steep freshly ground coffee from La Cosecha Coffee Roasters (Maplewood, MO) on the finished beer.
A public favorite too
On The Pour: Opaque dark brown, almost black, tan, creamy persistent foam.
On The Nose: First, you’ll smell coffee, but as the beer warms, you’ll get notes of dark chocolate, burnt caramel, and mild hints of dark fruits. There is a slightly earthy aroma from the hops as well.
On The Tongue: This one has such a complex flavor! Coffee is definitely present, but it doesn’t overpower the rest of the beer. The coffee flavor is like a slightly sweetened coffee, with some notes of bakers chocolate, toffee, and finishes with a mild coffee bitterness mixed with mild earthy flavors.