Dark Charge: Starter Coffee (2021)

Dark Charge: Starter Coffee (2021)

What You'll Taste


Back Story

“Barrel aging Starter is one of the most fun projects I’ve been apart of,” said Jake Rouse, Co-Founder and CEO Braxton Brewing Company. “It’s been a truly collaborative effort and the product is something our entire team has never tried and we’re really proud of it!”“To be honest, when Braxton came to me with this idea, I was both excited and scared at the same time,” says Justin Carabello, founder of Carabello Coffee. “We had never aged coffee in bourbon barrels before, and I knew that we only had one shot to get it right. But working through these types of challenges is also what has made our collaboration with Braxton so rewarding in such a short period of time. I could not be more proud of how this coffee turned out, and just love the fact that the Braxton crew approaches their coffee with the same level of craftsmanship as they do their beer.”Carabello chose to age a Fair Trade Organic coffee from Honduras for its exceptionally smooth body and a flavor profile of caramel and butterscotch. Two hundred and fifty pounds of un-roasted coffee was then aged in two separate barrels, with each barrel being rotated every two days so that the absorption of bourbon into the coffee would be as even as possible. Since the coffee picked up additional moisture during the aging process, Carabello decided on a slower than normal medium roast that produced mahogany colored beans that have no visible oils on the surface.Carabello and Braxton Brewing Company launched the Starter Coffee program in June. Working through an extensive coffee cupping process, Carabello Coffee created a specialty blend specifically for Braxton. This is the coffee that is used in Braxton’s coffee beers and served at the brewery three different ways – hot, cold, and on Nitro.

About the Brewery

Braxton Brewing Company

Covington, KY
At Braxton, a garage is more than a garage. It’s a place where we build our hopes and dreams, storing them on the wall neat as garden tools. Really, the garage is a hub. A reliable place from which we launch into the world, and enjoy a safe return. We hang out in our garages. Saturday mornings, afternoons, long into the night. Sometimes hosting neighbors, family and friends, other times in blissful solitude, tinkering on projects, obsessing over a problem or making something great. Think of the garages in your past. You’ll remember your dad fixing a lawnmower or building a table, where he taught you to say “Yes, sir.” You can almost smell the oil and beer. But more and more the family garage is an incubator, an enterprise zone. It’s part of the beautiful renaissance happening in the middle of this great country. So it was for Evan Rouse. Evan, from Union, Kentucky, was a pretty extraordinary kid. Because while other kids played video games and started garage bands, Evan fell in love with the craft of brewing beer. And he built a home brewery in the family garage. He was just 16 years old, not even of age. For Evan, brewing beer was more than an idea, it was a revolution. Because from that humble start, Evan’s love for brewing has become his entrepreneurial obsession. He’s building the brewery of his dreams. And his entire family is on board, helping him get it done. (The truth is, it’s a pretty extraordinary family.) So welcome to Braxton Brewing Company. You’re witnessing a dream coming to life. A place where ideas are born and fermented. It’s a great deal of work, but hell, that’s what makes a dream worth pursuing. This brewery celebrates determination, knowledge, and the humble pride we wave like a battle flag.

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