Coffee and beer have a lot more in common than many may think. Both are beverages, of course, but they have a handful of other similarities that make them a not-so-unlikely match. The process of making coffee and beer, for example, includes roasting whether it is green coffee or grain. In coffee, the flavors range depending on the varietal, roast profile, and brew ratio. With beer, there is a combined flavor that comes from the water, malt, hops, and yeast.


You’ll find drinkers of dark beers, such as porters and stouts, providing similar tasting notes to those of darker roasted coffee: rich, caramel, chocolate, bittersweet. It would seem then, that coffee is actually a perfect complement to Stouts and Porters. With the cold weather ushering in we’ve partnered with a few local breweries to offer the best of both worlds this holiday season. You can have your coffee, your beer, and drink them too!



Mystery Brewing Company | Hillsborough

Name: Six Impossible Things Chocolate Breakfast Stout

ABV: 6.5%

A rich, buttery oatmeal stout with cocoa and coffee. The grain additions in this beer are designed to impart chocolate, toffee, and caramel notes without overt bitterness, creating a smooth, drinkable stout. Aged on cocoa nibs from Videri Chocolate Factory and a special blend of coffee from Joe Van Gogh.



Natty Greene’s Brewery | Greensboro

Name: Sunrise! Breakfast Porter

ABV: 5.0%

Beer for breakfast! This smooth drinking porter started out as a traditional robust-style porter, then we added flaked oats to the grain bill to enhance the smoothness. Already big on notes of dark chocolate, the addition of a special blend of coffee from our friends at Joe van Gogh added further hints of chocolate, plus roasted notes and a hint of berries.



Durty Bull Brewing Company | Durham

Name: Van Gogh’s Breakfast Stout

ABV: 7%

Just in time for it to really start feeling like Winter, a toasty dark beer for coffee lovers. Made using Joe Van Gogh's Fair Trade Organic Ethiopian Sidamo, this stout is perfect to warm up and get some feeling back into your feet, while making sure you can still stay on them afterwards.