In this weeks episode I head down to the ice behind our Vermont inn for some early morning ice fishing with my friend Doug (Amy was stuck inside making breakfast for the guests). Ice fishing starts early, and pretty much requires beer – so the question begged, what is the perfect ice fishing beer. This time we go with a coffee theme – sampling several coffee infused beers.

We start with Southern Tiers Jah Vah Imperial Stout, give Long Trails Imperial Coffee Stout a try, sample the BBC Coffehouse Porter and wrap with the Wolavers Alta Gracia Coffee Porter – all without catching a single fish…

Luckily, before the day was out we did catch a fish – and climb back up the hill to the inn.

The extreme cold meant these beers were a bit colder than I would have liked, which leads me to wonder what the best cold weather beer would be? Any suggestions?

If you would like to know some more about ice fishing – check out Doug’s website Brattleboro Outdoors. Cheers from Here for the Beer!

Tags: Porter, stout, Wolavers

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  1. zee

    this ep totally had moments where it reminded me of ‘the red green show’. keep up the good work!

  2. Stephan

    I watched this because of the coffee in the title (I am an amateur roaster), but was surprised to hear about so many coffee beers. I would love to know if there is a way to find breweries interested in teaming up with coffee producers?

  3. Adam M.

    I would suggest you try Upland’s Winter Warmer. It is a take on Barley Wine and is really good. I wrote a review of it on my site, but out of decency I won’t link back.

    I have never been ice fishing but my brother in law loves it. There is a site called ice shanty you might want to go there and pose this question to them.


  4. Scott-TheBrewClub

    I’m keeping a lookout for the Long Trail brew down here in Jersey. I’ve really liked all of their Brewmaster Series beers so far and that one sounds good as well! What a great place for a beer review!

  5. mark taylor

    I just sampled some of the ‘Serrano’ chili beer the other night and found it to be warming against the cool Mexican winter evening.

  6. Tom Bedell

    Good question about what the best cold-weather beer is. An Eisbock seems like the obvious answer, and certainly something dark and highly alcoholic feels right. Physically, of course, it’s probably exactly wrong. We need scientists here!

  7. Tim Brady Listing Owner

    We will certainly spread the word that you are looking!

  8. Tim Brady Listing Owner

    I had never seen that, just googled it and watched the perpetual motion episode – hilarious!

  9. Tim Brady Listing Owner

    Thanks Adam – feel free to link from the comments, I just subscribed to your site feed – good stuff!

  10. Tim Brady Listing Owner

    We will be coming down that way for Philly Beer week, we should connect and we will bring you a bottle.

  11. Tim Brady Listing Owner

    That is an interesting concept, a chili beer… I’d love to find some of that to try.

  12. Tim Brady Listing Owner

    Eisbock – love it. We are going to have to revisit the perfect “ice cold” side of this… Good thing we are in Vermont and have plenty of ice fishing time left!

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    It’s been a long time I actually pulled out a piece of paper to take notes on a blog post. Thanks for this. You’ve earned yourself a new reader!