High on my priority list was checking out the beer garden. We’re talking at least 12 different breweries represented with two taps each. Not too shabby. After carefully perusing my options, I was stoked to find Santa Fe’s Imperial Java Stout. YES!!! I’m actually not quite sure where I first heard of this beer (maybe an episode of Brew Dog’s?), but it’s certainly been on my radar to give it a taste test. It comes in a can that is pretty hard to forget – the label is brown and simple with the words “java stout” prominently featured. You see it and think – is this a beer or a coffee? Well when something is this good, there is no need to define it. My friends all tried a sip of mine and loved it too. Unfortunately, we were one and done - it sold out by the middle of day two of the festival.
If I could somehow replace my morning coffee with Santa Fe’s Imperial Java Stout I would, but at an 8% ABV, I’m not sure how the ol’ J O B would feel about me drinking beer to get my daily jolt. Incredibly rich and smooth with plenty of java aromas and flavors, Santa Fe’s Imperial Java Stout is a beer I’d recommend to any coffee lover. It’s not distributed in California yet, but if you don’t have a trip to New Mexico planned in the near future, you can find it around town during your next trip to Tahoe.