Cock the Hammer, It’s Time For Action!

        So here’s the deal: The title of this BFF is a lyric from Cyprus Hill, a hip-hop group from the early 90’s.  And while I’m generally an anti-gun reference guy, in this instance let’s use it as a metaphor for what’s coming: The Hammer, a coffee porter collaboration beer by Coast Mountain Brewing and Hammer Coffee Roasting.  If you can get your hands on one of these beautifully bottled bastards and pop the top off, you have literally cocked the Hammer and are preparing for a blast of a beer: the likes of which will leave you shell-shocked and shot while salivating for more.
        Coast Mountain Brewing is an amazing brewery based in Whistler, British Columbia, that I’ve spoken of before (here and here) and it’s not hyperbole to herald them as one of BC’s premier boutique breweries.  What I would like to do now, is shine a bit of light on the other side of the collaboration, the coffee providers.
        Chrissy and Mat are a husband and wife team based out of Whistler whose company, Hammer Coffee Roasting, is a reflection of their philosophy on life.  If you can’t do good business, Mat reasons, then you shouldn’t do business at all.  To that end, Hammer Roasting is a zero waste company.  They have a customer list (of which I am one) and roast to order.  They roast their ethically sourced beans in six pound micro-batches, which helps to eliminate waste and ensure that your bag of brown is the freshest possible.
        “We love skiing, biking and basically everything active,” says Mat.  “and every great adventure starts with a great cup of coffee.”
        So what happens when you put together coffee roasters with pounds upon pounds of passion and a brewer whose pursuit of perfection is second to none?  Well, you get a damn fine Coffee Porter, that’s what!
Brewer Kevin and Roaster Mat, making magic.

For a little peak behind the curtain, Kevin makes the wort while Mat cold-brews a fairly sizable vat of coffee for 12 hours before filtering and adding it to the beer.  With their first batch of Hammer Porter (back in June) the fellas would add a bit of coffee, taste & talk about it, concur, add more coffee, and repeat until they either hit the sweet spot or fell on the floor buzzing from beer & coffee coalescence.  Having dialed in their trial and error protocols from batch one (which was pretty fucking fantastic, by the way) this brew came about with far less inebriated debate.  At least, that’s the story they’re selling me; I still think a pint or two went down in the process and I’d be shocked and appalled if that wasn’t standard operating procedure with most brewers!  So the beer itself, the Hammer Coffee Porter, is a work of art articulated by artisans.  And speaking of art, let’s take a look at the label, shall we?

Coast Mountain Brewing has an artist series of 750ml bottles that contain limited release beers whose labels are designed by different local artists.  Their Bonfire Stout label was created by Leah Kathryn, their Alpinist DIPA by Mason Mashon and the Hammer’s label is a work of art by Kris Kupskay (KUPS) whose paintings have graced both walls and canvas all over Vancouver.  Including the mural in Port Moody, The Future Is Behind Us, that was the inspiration for Parkside Brewery’s Attack of the Cherry Stout label.  Kups’ work is wicked-awesome and this bottle is no exception.

I’m thrilled the Hammer Coffee Porter was added to Coast’s local artist series because it’s an exquisite representation of a style I just adore but can’t always get to the brewery to enjoy.  So wrapping the beer in a pretty bottle and spreading the distribution out a bit will only gain Coast Mountain Brewing and Hammer Coffee Roasting more recognition, which they both so richly deserve.  I’ve greedily devoured this one all by my lonesome, but 750 millilitres is a bottle built for two, so I’m going out to get another to share with MBW and I suggest you go and do likewise with your beer buddy or loved one.

Cheers!

S2SBG

 

 

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