This weekend’s Beers Beans Burritos event (Sunday, April 22) has a little something for everybody: Hawthorne Coffee Roasters is providing the caffeine and Taco Moto (formerly Gypsy Taco) is bringing the delicious brunch. Raised Grain Brewing is in charge of the beer, and the fellas from Waukesha are bringing something special. The event marks the debut of Black Walnut Coffee Stout, a big 10.5% ABV brew made with Hawthorne’s Colombia Los Naranjos coffee.
“When you get to combine two of your favorite vices (beer and coffee) and call it work, it’s hard to be displeased with the results. In this case, we really love how The Black Walnut Coffee Stout turned out,” said Alex Stanton of Raised Grain. “It starts with rich notes of chocolate and vanilla from the base, then the coffee comes in with caramel and grapefruit notes on the finish. This beer definitely has the complexity of flavor while having the balance that you have come to expect from us.”
It’s not the first time that Hawthorne Coffee Roasters has been a part of Raised Grain’s brewing process. Its bourbon-barrel conditioned coffee beans were used to make the delicious No. 100 Imperial Stout that had a limited release in February 2017.
“Beer is something that I very much enjoy but know nothing about making,” explained Steve Hawthorne, owner of Hawthorne Coffee Roasters. “It’s incredible to be able to work with professionals like Raised Grain to help coffee find it’s way into a delicious beer. I’m a big believer in collaboration, particularly with businesses that share a similar customer base. Craft beer and craft coffee definitely serve many of the same consumers. What better way to make a bigger impact than to work together?”
Sunday’s brunch starts at 9 a.m. Raised Grain will be there from 9 a.m. to noon, and Taco Moto will serve until 3 p.m.
“An event like this is incredibly cool in a number of different ways,” Stanton said. “You have three businesses that are working hard to push the envelope and put out great products, and communities that are embracing it. More than anything, it’s really a testament to how far the greater Milwaukee area has come from a culinary and beverage perspective, because this is something that wouldn’t have been very common even just a few years ago.”