Kona Brewery Pipeline Porter and Chocolate Cake

With a name like Kona Brewery, you’ expect some quality coffee in this Porter. Believe me, coffee is exactly what you get. The label claims that there is Kona Coffee in the beer, one of the most expensive coffees in the world. Only coffee that is grown on Hualalai and Mauna Loa in the Kona districts of the Big Island of Hawaii is allowed be called Kona Coffee. Coffee, like hops and grapes, has terroir. This means that the location and conditions the plant grows in affects the taste and aroma of the plant. I have had some pretty good estate coffee from Hawaii, but this is probably the first time I have ever had real Kona Coffee.

The aroma is of coffee and toasty maltiness. If you closed your eyes and took a sip you might think that somebody switched out a mocha coffee for your beer. It has just the right amount of sweetness with the perfect amount of bitterness on the back-end. Exactly like a good mocha coffee. It is a very smooth beer with medium-low carbonation and a large mouthfeel. It essentially feels like smooth chocolate milk.

It went perfectly with a deeply rich chocolate cake. There is a reason coffee goes great with cake. It has to do with roasting. Coffee, chocolate, and malted barley  all have very similar flavors due to the similar process each goes through to get to their edible states. The cake was more fudge than your average birthday cake. A sweeter cake might have been better with something like a milk stout, but this cake was perfect with this bittersweet treat.


Buttermilk Pancakes, Homemade Maple Frosting, & Pipeline Porter

Once upon a time I suggested that a good idea would be to open a Breakfast Brewpub, since the adult drink options at most breakfast places, if they exist at all, kind of suck. Yesterday the fiancé and I decided to make some pancakes. These are pancakes made from scratch, and in my honest opinion, they are better than any restaurant pancakes that I have ever had. I keep a stockpile of the dry ingredients pre-mixed in case I have the sudden urge for pancakes.

This time it was taken up a notch because, instead of maple syrup, we covered them with homemade maple frosting, made with real maple syrup (healthier than that maple flavored corn syrup stuff of course). To go with it I had a nice glass of Aloha Brewery Pipeline Porter, brewed with Kona Coffee. Very appropriate for  breakfast. Simply one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever had, and will be the first thing to go on the menu of my Breakfast Brewpub. I think it’s good enough for second breakfast as well.

Like the retro mixer?