Despite its reputation, Seattle isn't the only Pacific Northwest city that exhibits stalker-like tendencies towards coffee. In some circles, the argument could be made that Portland brews a better cup than their neighbors to the north.
Probably a huge reason why Burnside Brewing Company, in Portland's Eastside, is collaborating with Groundwork Coffee to produce "Wau, Nessie!" Coffee Wee Heavy Ale" as part of the roaster's Brewers Series.
Using organic, single-origin, Papua New Guinea roast from Wau Co-Op, Groundwork Coffee and Burnside Brewing encourage you to raise a pint during the beer's official launch, January 31st, at Burnside Brewing.
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The name "Wau, Nessie!" is a reference to both the Papua New Guinea Wau Co-Op from which this coffee is sourced, and the Scottish origins of Wee Heavy style ales, as well as a nod to another Burnside beer the Groundwork team loves, the 'Woah Nelly'.
Also known as “strong Scotch ale,” a Wee Heavy (or “small strong”) is rich, malty, and usually caramel-sweet, suggestive of a dessert without being cloying or syrupy. The Burnside Brewing team has balanced this style with Groundwork's Papua New Guinea medium roast coffee, which has notes of cocoa nibs, pipe tobacco, dry spice, and tart cherries, for a delicious and unique coffee beer.
Wau Co-Op in Papua New Guinea is part of the Monpi Sustainable Services organization. Formed in December 2008, Monpi Sustainable Services contributes to sustainable livelihoods by providing training on the best agricultural, environmental, social, and healthcare practices in its coffee-growing communities. In this way, Monpi contributes to improving the quality of life for its coffee producers.
If you want to support Groundwork's Cafe Café Femenino Foundation, here's how.
As part of Groundwork's mission to help build and support its community locally and globally, during the first week of each new collab beer's launch, $1 for every coffee beer sold at that brewery will be donated to Café Femenino Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization that funds community betterment grant requests proposed and managed by women in coffee-producing regions around the world. For every "Wau, Nessie" beer sold at Burnside Brewing from January 31st to February 7th, $1 will be donated to the Café Femenino Foundation!
Each of the collaboration beers in the series feature a different Groundwork organic coffee roast chosen by the brewers, and featured in a style of beer that's not typically combined with coffee. The first collaboration beer of the series was a Coffee and Cream Ale made by Stormbreaker Brewing called"MOCABE Lo Sabe" featuring Groundwork coffee from Mexico's MOCABE Organic Farmer Co-Op. 304 pints of MOCABE Lo Sabe were sold during its launch week in December, resulting in a total $304 donation to Café Femenino Foundation from Groundwork and Stormbreaker!
The beer is available in limited amounts and won't be around for long. Supporters of Burnside or Groundworks, are encouraged to visit Burnside Brewing starting January 31st.