There was coffee, there were beards, locks of hair. Everything you need to build a IIIPA.
When you are standing amid uncountable quantities of coffee beans, inhaling the beauty of our favourite non-alcoholic drink it is hard not to be inspired.
Head Brewer Shannon gave his usual detailed direction when unleashing Brewer Rich on his first solo Villain design. "It has to be something you don't expect from a beer with coffee. It can't be dark, but I want it to have the best parts of coffee."
After some high-octane coffee bean sampling and a couple of swift beers the work began. "That dude puts a lot of effort into research!" He spoke of Rich's design process.
The Fiori crew came in to, "Help with brew day." In truth they threw down a few kilos of grain into the auger, then threw down a few extra beers. As they should.
We have been drinking it now for a week, and you have to recognize that research pays! The African Queen and Evergreen hops give a menthol, pine aroma and background to the beer. The cold end product was laid on a bed of Fiori roasted whole beans for 24 hours before carbonation and packaging.
You'll need to try it know just how good this is.