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Coffee that Tastes Like Beer: Brilliant or Revolting?

I love coffee and I also love beer, but today we are going to talk about coffee. Specifically because Starbucks has decided to test out a new beverage called the Dark Barrel Latte. According to a Starbucks spokesperson, the Dark Barrel Latte is made with espresso, topped with whipped cream, a dark caramel drizzle and comes blended with a “chocolaty stout flavored sauce”. Some people who have had the beverage say that the flavor is rather reminiscent of a dark beer much like a Guinness.
Regrettably at this point in time, the beverage is only being tested select stores in Ohio and Florida, so the Hungry Man will not have a chance to give the experiment a try.

I have had some interesting flavors of coffee in the past. I recall a series of breakfast themed coffees that had flavors that included maple syrup, French toast and yes, bacon. The all tasted good as would be expected for the first two flavors and even the bacon flavored coffee tasted pretty decent, but is there anything bacon flavored that doesn’t taste good? I also remember sampling a spicy coffee that was branded as a Tabasco flavored coffee. As I like both spicy things and coffee, this beverage should have been a grand slam, but fiery coffee at a fiery temperature just did not work for me, but I could also see how it may well be somebody’s favorite drink ever, a love/hate king of thing if there ever was one.

But back to our coffee that is reminiscent of beer. Have you ever had a bit too much to drink? Of course you probably have, you are a member of the human race! Well what is better the next morning than a nice hot cup of coffee brewed extra strong, other than an icepack for the head? But let’s say after a night of drinking a goodly quantity of beer that you decide to try out a Dark Barrel Latte? This may end poorly… I recall back in my college years when I was out at a bar with some friends, we went to a restaurant called Tia’s Tex-Mex that used to be somewhat widespread, but now apparently has only one location left on Florida. One of the things that they were known for was their happy hour frozen margarita, all day on Mondays and Tuesdays back in the day. So we partook in some frozen margaritas, and as we enjoyed ourselves more and judgment began to go out the window. We decided to try some other stuff and have some shots. So I ask you dear reader, what is the absolutely worst possible choice and disgustingly incongruent thing to have after multiple frozen margaritas?

Rumple Minze shots…

So the next hung over morning, I head to the bathroom and start to brush my teeth, as soon as I taste the peppermint flavored toothpaste I nearly hurled in the sink, why? For those of you not in the know, Rumple Minze is a strong peppermint flavored German schnapps. The absolutely last thing I needed to be doing after the night before was tasting more peppermint, I swear it wasn’t until the morning after that morning that I felt like I no longer had a peppermint aftertaste in my mouth.

So I ask again, how well do you think that Dark Barrel Latte would taste after a few Guinness’s the night before? Perhaps somebody with a younger, stronger stomach will say, “Just fine Hungry Man, just fine…”

Thoughts on Beer, Part 1

Beer Glasses

Ksssshhhh, glug glug glug, gulp, gulp, ahhhhhhhh.

Nothing says “I am ready to kick back and relax” more than popping open a can or bottle of a nice cold beer, pouring it into your favorite beer glass and enjoying that first sip that leaves a foam mustache from the head that formed.

These days if you are an American of drinking age and above you are a lot less likely to be partaking in the enjoyable ritual from above. Perhaps you are uncorking your favorite red, white or blush wine. If not, you may be a person who enjoys mixing something up with your favorite liquor, or just drinking it straight for the best liquors out there. Based on the chart shown, most of the fall in beer consumption is occurring because of increased wine consumption.

Why is this happening?

One reason we will talk about today is that mass market beer has left a bad taste in customer’s mouths, and that the high quality microbrews that exist nationwide just can’t make up for it. The chart shown from the link above goes back to 1992, and back then microbreweries and other independent brewers were far fewer in number. So the quality and choice of beer today is better than it was back then when it comes to being able to select a good beer to drink, but the quality and perception of the beers that people are most likely to drink (the mass market beers) is in decline.

Check out these links for some further background on why mass market beer is a culprit in my opinion for the decline in beer consumption:

  • Have you heard of a company called AB InBev? They were known as InBev back in 2008 back when they bought out Anheuser-Busch, whose flagship product was Budweiser. Since then their business practices have made Wall Street very happy, and beer lovers far less happy. Read more to see how they are busily making the beer you drink worse:
  • If you are of a certain age you may remember a beer named Schlitz, it was the top selling beer in America shortly after the end of World War Two. Thirty years later their reputation and sales were destroyed because of cost cutting measures used to fatten their profits and sales numbers:
  • If you can’t beat them, make it seem like you are one of them…mass market brewers have been making beers lately that look like they are made by microbreweries or independent brewers, but are really just fronts for the mass market beer companies. Do you enjoy Shock Top? It’s no microbrew, it is made by the rapscallions from above AB InBev!

Of course, not all mass market beer is undrinkable swill, this blog lists some mass market beers that are pretty darn good, and I agree with all that are listed, especially anything made by Yuengling.

So go ahead and drown your sorrows about the state of American beer with a beer listed from the last link above…

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