No disrespect to Founders and their stellar Breakfast Stout, but there are other breakfast beers out there. Hell, there are other breakfast beers out there that aren’t even stouts. We found a six pack of slightly off-center breakfast-inspired beers, from coffee-flavored pales to berry sours.
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21st Amendment Brewery
Toaster Pastry India Red Ale
There's a point in your life when the best breakfast you can scrape together is a Pop Tart. This beer pays homage to that fast, cheap breakfast staple. The India Red Ale is loaded with biscuit malts and Dark Crystal malts that add some strawberry jam notes. It's not over the top, and it's not brewed with actual Pop Tarts, and that's okay with us.
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Warp Speed Coffee Pale Ale
You don't see a lot of coffee pale ales, but we had a chance to try this one, and were shocked at how well the rich coffee notes worked with the bitter hops. It was a winter release, and we're looking forward to seeing it again.
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Maple Bacon Coffee Porter
I mean, this one is all in the name here: Maple Bacon Coffee. Those are the three basic food groups of breakfast. If only they could get scrambled eggs in there.
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Morningwood Sour Breakfast Ale
A sour farmhouse ale for breakfast? Relax, there are coffee beans in here, along with flavors of sweet cream and oatmeal. And berry notes. Fruit for breakfast is good for you, remember?
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Arizona Wilderness Brewing
Leggo My Ego
A collaboration with Tired Hands, this beer is actually brewed with waffles (they ran the wort through stacks of waffles. It's also brewed with maple syrup, lactose and biscuit malt, so we're talking about hoppy waffles here.
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Beer for Breakfast Stout
Yeah, this is a stout, but we're putting it on this list because it's weird. Dogfish Head brews this stout with scrapple, which are little bits of pork cooked with spices and corn meal. And that's just the beginning. You've got cold press coffee, roasted chicory, lactose, smoked barley and maple syrup. That's a full breakfast right there. They've brewed this beer for a couple of years, but now they're putting it in bottles.