Many of the beers I enjoy are brewed only from malt, hops, water and yeast, for example IPA and Octoberfests. But, I don't shy away from beers that contain other ingredients. I generally like coffee stouts or coffee porters and also recently wrote an article about brewing with coffee (May/June 2010 issue). If you were ever to stop by my house, you'd also know that I like cats. So, imagine how happy I was when — a year or so ago — I heard of a beverage that combined beer, coffee and cats.
Well, not cats exactly. The beer — Mikkeller's Beer Geek Breakfast Brunch (Weasel) — is an imperial oatmeal stout made with coffee. But not just any coffee. This coffee comes from coffee cherries that have been eaten, and the coffee bean excreted, by the Asian palm civit. Civits are small mammals that look a bit like cats, but aren't. (They are most closely related to genets, other small mammals that look sort of like cats, but aren't.) The beans are cleaned and then processed into a very expensive type of coffee called kopi luwak (in Malaysia), ca phe chon (in Vietnam) or other names, depending on where it is produced. The Mikkeller beer uses Vietnamese civit coffee and is brewed at the Nøgne Ø brewery in Grimsatd, Norway.
Here's a picture of the bottle (and Austin ZEALOT Joe White proclaiming that the Austin ZEALOTS are #1!)