In the Meantime, how about a coffee beer?

21 September, 2007

Why stick to an e spresso after a meal when you can get a caffeine hit from coffee-flavoured beer,

asks London-based Meantime Brewery - the creator

of a coffee porter-style ale.

Made with dark malts and Fairtrade coffee beans, it makes an ideal digestif, a spokesman says. "Coffee bitterness is balanced by a vanilla sweetness to create a lingering espresso cum mocha experience that fills the mouth in a way that coffee alone rarely manages," he says.

The initial version of the beer - which uses Fairtrade Araba Bourbon beans from Rwanda's Ab ahuzamugambi Bakawa co-operative - was the first UK-brewed beer to carry the Fairtrade logo. But a recent reformulation of the malt and roast coffee flavours means Meantime can no longer get enough coffee in each bottle to qualify for Fairtrade status.

Meantime's chocolate-flavoured ale also rounds off dinner , according to the brewery. "Chocolate and beer, are we mad? We'd rather say passionate. This is a beer for your more self-indulgent moments. Great for long evenings, it is best served chilled with your feet up, watching the sun go down," a spokesman says.

Meantime Brewery 020 8293 1111




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