Founded in South Deerfield in 1993, Berkshire Brewing Company (also called BBC) is part of the old-guard of Massachusetts craft breweries. Founders Chris Lalli and Gary Bogoff connected on a mutual desire to brew fresh and high quality craft ales. Berkshire quickly grew into a recognized local brand, leading to an expansion in 1999. They now distribute their year-round and seasonal ales to Massachusetts, Vermont and Connecticut. While BBC is probably best known for their Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale, they also brew a wide variety of ales and lagers. One of Berkshire Brewing Company’s most popular beers is Dean’s Beans Coffeehouse Porter, a version of their Drayman’s Porter brewed with organic coffee from Dean’s Beans. It is available on draft, nitro, and in 22 oz bottles.
Berkshire Brewing Company Dean’s Beans Coffeehouse Porter pours nearly black with a mild off-white head. The smell is similar to strong, freshly ground coffee with just a touch of chocolate. The coffee also dominates the taste, followed by some dark malts which contribute a touch of chocolate and molasses flavors. There is a little bitterness in the backbone, it is malt forward but certainly not sweet. The beer is full bodied, with a moderate 6.2% ABV. If you really like coffee this is a great brew for you, especially to drink at weekend brunch. Hoppy Boston score: 4.0/5.