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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Day 111 Drink: Peak Organic Espresso Amber Ale

Peak Organic Brewing is based in Portland, Maine. Brewer Jon Cadoux started out as a homebrewer in the 1990s. The brewery is certified organic and backs that up with links to local farmers. In 2009, Peak Organic helped Maine farmers produce the first commercial hop harvest in the state since 1880.

Peak Organic Espresso Amber is brewed with organic fair trade espresso roasted at the nearby Coffee by Design. Munich Malt forms the backbone of this 7 percent alcohol by volume, 22 IBU brew. The beer pours a golden amber color with a long lasting thick head. The aroma offers up a nice coffee note. The flavor has a sweet biscuity base, but the coffee is clearly in the front seat with this brew. Having it in an amber format, rather that with a stout base, makes the brew drinker a bit lighter and a little more refreshing.

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