We love Mike so much we decided to name a brew after him! This delicious blend of beer and coffee is sure to please the crowd. We wanted to create a beer that many people would like, and that would go with pretty much anything. Our main recommendations to go with this beer are smoked meat and sweet treats 🤤
Where does the name Big Mik’s Favorite come from?
Justin: The man, the myth, the legend: Mike Whaley. And Irish slang. Simply put, this is our good friend Mike’s favorite beer, so we named it after him.
Brian: Old friend, huge Slayer fan and avid supporter of all things Hop & Barrel – Mike Whaley’s favorite beer. “I gotta have my coffee!”
Describe this style of beer:
Justin: A blend of craft beer and artisanal coffee. Focusing on combining the dark but sweet flavors of the two beverages while keeping the roasty flavors in check. The addition of lactose provides additional sweet and creaminess to ensure the darker characteristics of the coffee accent the beer, but don’t take it over. Anyone can throw enough coffee into a beer to make a roast mess; the key is control and careful balancing, so the sum is more significant than it’s parts.
Brian: Lactose panda with a super-secret coffee blend. Super secret unless Justin revealed it. If you follow these All About the Beer things, you realize that Justin and I don’t write them together. Do you want to know something super-secret about Justin? He has an extensive collection of clown costumes and clown makeup. His clown name is Funktown, the Clown. He rides a unicycle while blasting Rick James’ tunes. Don’t tell him I told you.
Describe its unique flavor:
Justin: Big Mik’s has a huge coffee aroma and a well-balanced flavor between coffee and chocolatey sweet stout flavors. What sets this beer apart from the pack is that it doesn’t taste like burnt or one-dimensional coffee. The coffee we use is selected locally and then we cold press it in-house ourselves to make sure it blends with the beer, not just throwing the two together.
Brian: You ever suck on some coffee beans for a while and then drink a milk stout? Me either, but that’s what this probably tastes like
Was there anything memorable or funny that happened during production? Interesting quotes or “accidents”?
Justin: Not particularly, but a huge shout out to Ethan Mollet for handling the sourcing and brewing of the coffee for this beer.
Brian: No. We take the brewing of beer seriously. I don’t appreciate that question.
If you could pair this beer with food from a place around town, what would it be?
Justin: Quiet the range of foods go well with a coffee stout, but BBQ and sweet desserts are generally the best pairings.
Brian: Is there a meat place in town? Oh yeah, Big Guys. This would go well with a full plate of various meats.