The 2011 batch of one of the most sought after Short’s Brews, Cup A Joe Coffee Creme Stout (ABV 6.5%), has been released and should hit store shelves and taps within the next couple weeks. This is only the third time that we’ve released Cup A Joe in bottles.
Cup A Joe dates back to Joe’s home brewing days. His early home brew logs indicate a “Java the Stout” was brewed sometime in November of 2000. Later, Cup A Joe was the first stout ever brewed at Short’s Brewing Company. Our records indicate that the first batch was brewed on March 8, 2005.
Cup A Joe is brewed with locally roasted fair trade espresso beans from Higher Grounds, a coffee bar and roastery located in Traverse City, Michigan. This year, 80lbs of ground espresso were used to brew three batches. That’s approximately 1.5oz of coffee per gallon!
Cup A Joe is a true Coffee Cream Stout, in that we add powdered milk sugar during the brewing process to give it a slight creaminess throughout. We describe Cup A Joe as follows:
A brew uniquely different from most coffee stouts, we cram Higher Grounds roasted fair trade espresso beans into every facet of the brewing process. Prominent aromatics of malt, espresso, and cocoa are abundant and create a flavor robust with big malt characters fused with cream and coffee. The perfect morning night capper.
Cup A Joe is a cornerstone of our stout series, and it goes on tap each November during our annual Brewski Bash party. This year’s Brewski Bash will take place on Saturday, November 26th at 8:00 p.m.
– Jon Wojtowicz, Short’s Beer Liberator