Culture Brewing Co.
4845 Newport Ave.
San Diego, CA 92107
Modern Times Beer
3725 Greenwood St.
3000 Upas St.
San Diego, CA
What’s beer got to do with coffee? Well, everything if you’re visiting Culture Brewing or Modern Times because both breweries offer coffee beers. It’s beer week in San Diego (Nov. 6-15, www.sdbw.org), so all the more reason to celebrate the combination of 2 great beverages. The Coffee IPA we sampled at Culture Brewing in Ocean Beach had a surprising light color. I guess I was expecting the same dark color as coffee. The taste wasn’t quite like coffee, either, but rather there was a slight after taste of coffee. I’m not complaining, just noting what happens when coffee is just one ingredient and not the sole ingredient. All breweries post the percentage of alcohol in each style…Culture’s Coffee IPA has 4.8% alcohol compared to 8.9% for the Oaked Imperial Stout pictured above.
Modern Times has gone one step further and offers coffee beer as well as cold press coffee. They also sell coffee beans by the pound. If you want to try making your own cold press coffee, steep coffee grounds in room temperature water for 12 hours, then strain it through a traditional coffee filter and refrigerate the rich results. For more specific directions go to www.ehow.com/how_5033483_coldpress-coffee.html.
Both breweries allow you to bring in your own food (there’s no kitchen in either tasting room). Dogs are welcome in both locations. Yoga is also offered (occasionally) in both venues. When beer isn’t being served there is plenty of floor space for Hoppy Yoga to offer a 75 min. morning yoga session. See www.hoppyyoga.com for their rotating schedule.
I just discovered another brewery offering coffee beer: Second Chance Beer Co, at 15378 Ave. of Science, in an industrial park near Carmel Mountain Rd. off Interstate 15. This combination appears to be a catching on. Here’s a list of local brewers offering coffee beer from The West Coaster, a San Diego beer publication: www.westcoastersd.com/tag/coffee-beer/. Check out this website if you’re interested in making your own coffee beer: http://allaboutbeer.com/article/coffee-beers/
Cheers to beer with coffee wherever you find it!