Drinking alcohol with breakfast has gone from being socially acceptable to being taboo and back again. It has been said that even Shakespeare drank beer regularly in the morning hours. Now, it isn’t uncommon to see mimosas being served at brunch. In reality, a boozy breakfast is now more common than ever before. Although thought to be more prevalent in European countries, a morning toast is becoming commonplace here in the U.S.
But if you’re not into Morning Glory Fizzes and Bloody Marys, you’re sometimes forced to watch as your friends follow their eggs benedict up with a sip of booze while you follow yours with an orange juice. There are now other options for you, the seasoned beer drinker–albeit options that are not as commonly available in restaurants and bistros. But if you’re planning to cook eggs and bacon for breakfast this weekend, there are many different brews to recommend for consumption before noon. Some beers are even brewed with breakfast in mind, using flavors like maple syrup, coffee or bacon. So, wakey, wakey, eggs and bakey–here are the 11 best beers for breakfast.
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)
This one is a no-brainer when it comes to having beer with your breakfast. It’s brewed with a hint of coffee and a dash of vanilla, and is then aged in oak bourbon barrels. At 11.20% ABV, we recommend having just one, though–you wouldn’t want to spend the rest of the day sleeping, now would you? Its little cousin, Founders Breakfast Stout, is more widely available and also trumps any other brew on this list.
Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat
Lost Coast’s super citrusy ale is a great start to your morning, if you usually start your morning with a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice. Tangerine Wheat will satisfy anyone’s morning sweet-tooth craving with its tangerine smell alone. Its vibrant taste will surely give you a nice wake-up as well, though.
Cigar City Right Side Up Pineapple Lager
If you’re like us, you love a cold glass of pineapple juice with your breakfast. But for a grown-up brunch, try Cigar City Brewing’s Right Side Up Pineapple Lager. This brew tastes like pineapple juice with a hint of vanilla, but with a creamy mouthfeel as opposed to the acidic bite you’d get when drinking real pineapple juice. So, basically, that makes it actually better than real pineapple juice, right? Combining pineapples and beer isn’t anything new, but Right Side Up tastes like a rum-soaked pineapple upside down cake with cinnamon.
Funky Buddha Brewery Maple Bacon Coffee Porter
Absolutely ugly bottle design aside, Funky Buddha’s Maple Bacon Coffee Porter is one of the most unique-tasting brews around. It tastes like someone rolled up some bacon and maple syrup in a pancake and then dipped it in beer. If that doesn’t sound like a concoction that interests you, please exit this post immediately.
Sam Adams Maple Pecan Porter
One of Sam Adams’ finest seasonal brews, Maple Pecan Porter is a delectable drink worthy to be paired with your mother’s homemade biscuits and sausage gravy. It tastes like toffee, caramel and maple syrup mixed with a slight nutty flavor. It is an overall well-balanced brew without a harsh or bitter aftertaste.
Breckenridge Brewery Vanilla Porter
The perfect vanilla porter is a brew that is hard to achieve perfect with, mostly because vanilla is such a naturally strong flavor that it can easy to create a flavor that is too intense. But Breckenridge Brewery has done it right. Not only has the brewery added the perfect amount of vanilla to this porter, but they’ve also added a slight hint of coffee in there as well. So, time to skip your morning Starbucks Vanilla Macchiato.
Kona Pipeline Porter
Kona’s porter has a sweet coffee taste with a caramel and chocolaty undertone. It’s full-bodied and goes down smooth, without the bitterness that sometimes follows when drinking porters or stouts. It is a quintessential blend of roasted malts and strong coffee, which is grown at Cornwell Estate on Hawaii’s Big Island.
Troegs Java Head Stout
Troegs Java Head Stout is a coffee-lovers’ paradise, with a nice balance of semi-sweet chocolate and bold, dark roast coffee. It’s silky smooth and has a creamy mouthfeel, which almost feels like hard chocolate melting in your mouth. It also has a slight citrus taste, which any avid coffee-drinker knows blends well with espresso. And, nothing says good morning like an espresso.
Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout
Dark Horse’s Tres Blueberry Stout may smell like your standing in a field of blueberry bushes while eating Grandma’s homemade blueberry pie, but its taste is quite a bit more subtle. The berry flavor was blended expertly with hints of chocolate and coffee to create our favorite fruit beer to date. If you stop at Dunkin’ for a blueberry coffee with cream and sugar in the morning, this blueberry stout is for you.
Fort George Java The Hop
What’s that? A coffee IPA? Weird, dude. Except, somehow, Fort George made it work. This IPA also has chocolate notes as well, making it unlike any IPA you’ve ever had before. It’s blended with a citrusy variety of hops named amarillo hops, which are exclusively grown by Virgil Gamache Farms. Unfortunately, Java The Hop is only brewed in the winter with very limited availability.
Narragansett Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout
Rhode Island’s finest product is the Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout brewed by Narragansett Brewing. Folks in Rhode Island love to blend Autocrat Coffee Milk Syrup–a product that has been around since 1895–with dairy products. So, Narragansett took the opportunity to blend the product with milk sugar and maltso craft a coffee stout that Rhode Island can truly be proud of. Skip the morning Joe. Have this instead!