Breakfast Stout
Photo by Hammond River Brewing

New Brunswick brewery combines bacon, coffee, and chocolate for the ultimate breakfast beer

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What’s the greatest, guilt-free way to enjoy beer for breakfast? Add coffee and bacon to it.

And thanks to beer genius Shane Steeves, owner of Hammond River Brewing in Quispamsis, New Brunswick, these sudsy dreams are now a reality. 

Introducing the Breakfast Stout, a new brew that combines two breakfast staples—fresh coffee and crispy bacon—with a hint of chocolate.

Steeves, a home brewer for 20 years, who opened his own nano-brewery in 2013, said he wanted to create a beer that was quintessentially breakfast.

“I thought it would be a little bit of fun to come up with a recipe of my own that incorporates some of the items that you would have to breakfast in a beer,” Steeves told the CBC.

Steeves sourced the coffee from the Saint John roaster, Java Moose, and home-smoked the Applewood bacon himself. The coffee, which Steeves adds to the mash along with the grains and then again during the fermentation process, is by far the most powerful flavour profile. Next are the chocolate and then the smoky flavour from the bacon.

The Breakfast Stout joins the ranks of other morning-appropriate boozy drinks, like the Caesar, mimosa, and our personal favourite, the beermosa.

However, at eight percent alcohol, Steeves doesn’t necessarily recommend actually drinking this dark stout first this in the morning.

But we say, why not? Pour yourself a half-pint at 11 a.m. on a Sunday. (With extra bacon on the side, of course.)