Best Breakfast Beers

The 12 Best Beers To Drink For Breakfast

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At some point, someone (we’re still trying to find out who) decided alcohol should be consumed after 5 p.m., giving rise to the loophole phrase, “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere.” Exceptions seem to be allowed for afternoon barbecues, Sunday football and, of course, the Bloody Mary. We would now like to offer yet another acceptable occasion for day drinking: breakfast. We found twelve occasions, in fact.

Fermented from grains, replete with calories, beer is filling, satisfying and let’s not forget, it makes us happy — an important consideration any time of day. Our list of the 12 best breakfast beers are creatively made by adventurous brewers to highlight the best parts of your morning meal — the coffee, the cream, the maple syrup, even the scrapple — giving you a dozen ideas to pour into a pint by your plate. Or forget the plate altogether and just go for the brew.

Maple Bacon Coffee Porter

Maple Bacon Coffee Porter

ABV: 6.4% • Season: Winter • Brewery: Funky Buddha • Origin: South Florida

You can have beer with breakfast or have a beer that is breakfast. This is one of those meal-in-a-glass brews that covers all culinary bases — the dark black body hits you with maple syrup and coffee aromas, a creamy mouthfeel, and flavors of smoky bacon and sweet malt. The sticky sweet finish lingers, making you feel like you just tore into a full plate of the best shortstack a diner could offer. And all you did was lift your glass. – Learn More

Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout

Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout

ABV: 11.7% • Season: Year-Round • Brewery: Founder’s • Origin: Grand Rapids, MI

Bourbon popularity exploded, leaving bushels of used barrels in its wake (as a barrel can only age bourbon once). Today these barrels go on to do great things like aging maple syrup and beer. This imperial stout from Founder’s found its way into some bourbon barrels that once housed maple syrup, and it’s all the better for the stay. The result is a rich, velvety, roasted coffee and chocolate experience that makes a satisfying choice for the first beer of the day. – Learn More

Dogfish Head Beer For Breakfast Stout

ABV: 7.4% • Season: Winter • Brewery: Dogfish Head • Origin: Milton, DE

You can get their beer in 36 of the 50 US states, but this will be most appreciated by those with a native love of, or an adopted appreciation for, the Mid-Atlantic specialty known as scrapple. Delaware Dogfish Head includes Guatemalan cold press, western Mass syrup, applewood smoked barley, and a touch of the actual pork-scrap breakfast delight and its special spice blend. DFH was once called America’s most adventurous small brewery. Pour a pint of this tomorrow morning and you’ll know why. – Learn More

French Toast Double Brown Ale

French Toast Double Brown Ale

ABV: 8.8% • Season: Summer • Brewery: Funky Buddha • Origin: South Florida

South Florida’s largest craft brewery takes pride in making culinary-inspired beers. They brew up ales like Blueberry Cobbler and Lemon Meringue Pie and one beer that tastes like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich called No Crusts. For the breakfast hour (in addition to the above-mentioned Maple Bacon Coffee Porter), you can wake up to the taste of hot off the griddle french toast, dusted with cinnamon, infused with vanilla and maple syrup, and disguised as a dark, double brown ale. No fork required. – Learn More

Carton Brewing Regular Coffee

Carton Brewing Regular Coffee

ABV: 12% • Season: Limited Run • Brewery: Carton • Origin: Atlantic Highlands, NJ

Most places, a regular coffee means not-decaf. In New Jersey, it means coffee with milk and two sugars. At Carton Brewing, it means a cream ale with coffee. Using a blend made just for them by their coffee roaster neighbors, Fair Mountain Coffee, Regular Coffee uses a blend of Ethiopian Sidamo and a Mexican Chiapas with Carton’s rich and creamy, sweet golden ale. A nice change from the dark and darker ales on the list, this one goes great with a pork roll and cheese. – Learn More

Morning Wood Maple Bacon Coffee Porter

Morning Wood Maple Bacon Coffee Porter

ABV: 13% • Season: Fall • Brewery: Funky Buddha • Origin: South Florida

More beer aged in bourbon. That’s both a statement (about this particular beer) and a request (of what we want from the world at large). Part of Funky Buddha’s Living Barrel series, this is an imperial version of the brewery’s Maple Bacon Coffee Porter that’s been left to get tasty inside bourbon barrels for a few months. The result is a smooth, smoky, salty specialty (with an amusing name) that’ll make every morning feel like the start of something nice. – Learn More

Evil Twin Imperial Doughnut Break

Evil Twin Imperial Doughnut Break

ABV: 11.5% • Brewery: Westbrook/Evil Twin• Origin: Mt. Pleasant, SC/ Brooklyn, NY

Beer for breakfast, doughnuts for breakfast, beer that tastes like doughnuts for breakfast… All of these things are good things. This imperial stout packs a big doughnut punch with aftershocks of of almonds, chocolate, and coffee in a dark black brew. Nomadic “brewery” Evil Twin brews their unique visions of beer creations at ten different breweries around the world. In addition to this doughnut delight, they offer up beers with names like Pappy’s Even More Jesus, Fitzroy Hipster Ale, and Imperial Simcoe Slacker. – Learn More

Sixpoint C.R.E.A.M. Ale

Sixpoint C.R.E.A.M. Ale

ABV: 7.2% • Season: Winter • Brewery: Sixpoint • Origin: Brooklyn, NY

Coffee and cream just go together like, well, coffee and cream. So cream ale, that’s just begging for some coffee love. This blonde beer from Sixpoint brewery (who only started canning their stuff back in 2010 — before that it was exclusively on draft) boasts a touch of sweetness with roasted coffee in a beer that’s bright, raw, and unfiltered with a low acidity to give you a creamy, roasty reason to wake up in the morning. – Learn More

Brewdog 5AM Saint

Brewdog 5AM Saint

ABV: 5% • Season: Year-Round • Brewery: Brewdog • Origin: Columbus, OH

Five AM looks very different depending on which side you see it from. Waking up early? Five AM is fresh and full of possibility. Up all night? Five am has a hazy, buzzy feel with a good sleep on the horizon. We see no reason both can’t be occasions for a bottle of something like this. It’s bitter, yet sweet, fruity with a bite, and spicy with a good maltiness. Just the kind of beer that can be what you need it to be at any hour of your morning (or night). – Learn More

Anchor Coffee Porter

Anchor Coffee Porter

ABV: 6.7% • Season: Fall • Brewery: Anchor • Origin: San Francisco, CA

Anchor has been brewing beer in San Francisco for a long time. Like 120 years long. They’ve been in their current building since 1977 but before they got there, it was a coffee roastery. Coming full circle, they started brewing a coffee porter in the art deco building, adding flash-chilled coffee from SF roasters Four Barrel Coffee to the beer during second fermentation. The end beer is dark, rich and malty with a bold coffee aroma and layers of coffee, chocolate and spices. – Learn More

Sunday Morning Stout

Sunday Morning Stout

ABV: 12.7% • Season: Late Winter • Brewery: Weyerbacher • Origin: Easton, PA

So maybe you’re having a hard time deciding whether you’d like to start your day with a shot of bourbon in your coffee or a beer. Here’s a way to kinda do both. Another brew that’s aged in used bourbon barrels, this imperial stout carries aromas of roasted coffee with an underlying sweet whiff of bourbon. The accompanying flavors, such as vanilla, caramel and chocolate all go well with both coffee and bourbon. And despite the name, no one’s going to make you wait until Sunday to drink it. – Learn More

Shower Beer

Shower Beer

ABV: 10% • Brewery: Pang Pang • Origin: Hökarängen, Sweden

A one-off collaboration between a branding agency and a Swedish brewery, it’s a concept so spot-on, we had to include it. Like breakfast, showers often happen in the morning. And, like breakfast, showers are only improved with beer. This one is small enough (6 oz) that it takes just a few sips to get it down, perfect for the amount of time you spend in the shower. It’s a sweet and strong pale ale with Earl Grey tea as the breakfast drink of choice, instead of the usual coffee. – Learn More

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