An Evening with Epic Brewing
Breakfast for dinner – eggs, bacon, toast…and beer? The Crafty Ladies teamed up with Epic Brewing last week to provide a full menu of breakfast must-haves paired with some coffee beer, created by Epic and local coffee roasters. Epic, known for their high gravity and barrel aged brews, has been expanding their coffee program by experimenting with different beans to add to their beer and partnering with different roasters around Denver. The Highland Tap dining room was a buzz while learning about how coffee beans may just be the new hops in the beer brewing process.
Up first – Son of a Baptist Imperial Stout and LaMar’s donut holes. Son of a Baptist was conceptualized in order to be a more sessionable version of their Big Bad Baptist brew, which clocks in at 12.2% ABV. This brew definitely is not a weak link being 8.2% ABV itself, utilized coffee beans from Hotbox Coffee and was served on Nitro. The beans were aged in a tequila barrel, contributing to the beer’s chocolate, peanut butter, and smoky flavors.
Unanimously, the second course was a crowd pleaser. According to John Turk, Epic’s Colorado Sales Rep, it was a true collaborative pairing that epitomized what the Colorado beer scene is about – working together! The Escape to Colorado IPA was served cask condition style and incorporated NOVO Coffee’s Ethiopian blend, creating a hop-forward ale with fruity notes. The IPA was paired with grits made by Jezebel’s, a neighboring restaurant to Highland Tap and Burger, topped with Highland Tap and Burger’s own pork green chili. “It was a great way to support the neighborhood,” said Brigitte Brown, HTB’s in-house Cicerone. “It was the best tasting combination and different. It was such a hit!”
The third course was simple and to the point – three peppered candied bacon by Highland Tap and Burger with a slight twist on Son of a Baptist – served on CO2 (versus Nitro from the first course) and used coffee beans from NOVO. This was described as a coffee driven beer, where Epic worked to make the coffee the focus. The evening closed out with the Big Bap Baptist Imperial Stout and a fresh berry fruit salad that was topped with a Big Bad Baptist infused whip cream.
At the close of the event, it was announced that Crafty Ladies will be teaming up with Epic brewing to brew their own coffee cream ale. Not only will this beer be released around the time of the Great American Beer Festival, it will be available at Epic, Highland Tap and Burger, Bar Dough, and potentially found at local liquor stores across Colorado! According to Brown, the project just keeps getting bigger and bigger each time the team from Tap and Epic meet. They’re in the process of coming up with names now and can’t wait to get to brewing. “It’s really fun to work with the gang at Crafty Ladies,” Turk said. “And to create a beer style that Epic has never made before has us buzzing around the brewery.”
Stay tuned to track the progress of this Crafty Ladies and Epic Brewing collaboration!