Clay County Coffee Stout
- Josh Tuck
- Josh Tuck
I recently had the pleasure of sampling a remarkably good beer that was being produced in the central Indiana town of Brazil. It’s called Clay County Coffee Stout and, in my book, it was good enough to hold it’s own against any other well known stout. The important thing to note though, is that I said, “was”. Sadly, the brewery responsible for this marvelous stout, Bee Creek Brewing, has just closed it’s doors.
You might still be able to find orphaned six-packs and single bottles on the shelves of Belmont Beverage and Cap N’ Cork stores in and around Fort Wayne, but I wouldn’t delay a search. This beer is seriously good, and I’m hoping to buy some more before it’s gone forever. Clay County Coffee Stout is a rich black color that blends out to a rusty red-gold under it’s frothy head. Fans of Old Rasputin, Baltika #6, or Old Engine Oil will notice familiar aromas of yeast, caramel and charred wood. It had a slightly sweet taste, again like caramel, with a good balance of coffee and a chocolate finish. Like Bent Rim Black Lager from Mad Anthony Brewing, it is medium bodied and refreshing without being heavy.
Beers like this are being made all around us in Indiana, southern Michigan, and eastern Illinois. Unfortunately, they are constantly at risk of going out of business due to pressure from the big brewers. Regardless of the reasons why Bee Creek Brewing closed it’s doors, it’s a shame this brilliant beer will no longer be produced. However, it does strengthen our resolve to keep finding the little guys doing great things all around us and push them into the spotlight.