Beer Name: Beer Geek Breakfast
Brewery: Mikkeller San Diego
Style: Oatmeal Stout with coffee
A dark, luscious tipple that caused a craze among craft beer lovers worldwide, Beer Geek Breakfast was originally brewed by Mikkeller (and was the first beer owner Mikkel ever brewed) in Denmark. As a testimony to the brand’s popularity, both the brewery and Beer Geek Breakfast were named the best in the country by the Danish Beer Enthusiasts, a national member association for individuals and clubs interested in beer. Mikkeller San Diego continues the tradition of this famous brew by producing its own version using local Dark Horse coffee.
What’s with the name? The name Mikkeller is a combination of owners Mikkel Bjergsoe and Kristian Keller, both former record holding runners. Beer Geek Breakfast is an oatmeal stout made with coffee, a perfect blend of early morning ingredients. Need we say more?
What to expect: Pours opaque dark brown-black with a cappuccino color head with aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, and dark caramel. Easy mouthfeel with balanced bitterness and flavors of coffee and roasted malts.
Best fan comment: “Smell & Taste is YUM!! with fresh roasted coffee and roasted malts. Mouth feel has a great roasted coffee taste. If you like a fresh roasted coffee forward stout this is your jam.” — gatornation, beeradvocate.com
This beer gal’s take: Organize a brunch potluck, or gather your friends, congregate in the kitchen, and cook a breakfast feast. Either way, have plenty of this on chill. An easy drinking beer with balanced bitterness, it will go down as smoothly as iced coffee and will pair beautifully with breakfast eats like cinnamon rolls and buckwheat pancakes.
Where can I buy it? Look for Beer Geek Breakfast in bottle shops such as San Diego Wine & Beer Company or at the tasting room if you are a Mikkeller Viking Club member. Also look out for variations at the tasting room and cans, including Beer Geek Barrel Aged Vanilla Shake and Beer Geek Barrel Aged Maple Vanilla Shake, topping out the ABVs at a whopping 11%.