The Five Bells One of Six Devon Pubs to Serve New Coffee Milk Stout

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10 Dec 2021

Powderkeg, Devon’s resident beer obsessives, have brewed an extremely special beer this autumn called Inkling.

Partnering with community interest coffee shop, Gaia Coffee in Paignton, Powderkeg have developed a luxurious milk stout with a full shot of espresso in every pint.

The beer nerds and coffee nerds got together to produce a dark, decadent experience, so Gaia Coffee is delighted to be stocking this on draught for the next 3 months!

As any barista will tell you, coffee needs very specific conditions to bring out its best qualities: the roast of the beans, water temperature and pressure, size and density of grounds … the list goes on. So while they tried every trick they knew to find an easier way to do the coffee justice, in the end they had no option but to use expertly-brewed espresso, added cold-side to the finished beer.

Powderkeg Brewery said: “We used a combination of oats and a cascade of six increasingly dark malts to create a smooth, black velvet backdrop for the Gaia coffee to shine. We settled on a mix of Brazilian Barbosa Gold and Ethiopian Djimmah G5 coffee beans to achieve a rich but creamy ‘roastiness’ with a touch of dark fruit and spice.”

The tireless Gaia team then spent over 70 hours making 140 litres of the finest espresso. Blended together, these two carefully-crafted elements create a luxurious, but decidedly punchy, coffee milk stout for the ages.

James Garnham, Owner of the Five Bells, was looking around the county for a new stout on draught, and re-connected with the Powderkeg chaps after having tried a few of their beers before.

James says “We always pride ourselves in exclusive offerings here at The Bells; with Chef Charlotte’s unique specials, we’re always going on about how amazing her food is. But it’s exciting to bring an exclusive beverage into the mix too, and support a community interest project at the same time.

We ensure that our food and drink suppliers are as local as possible to us, so this new stout, Inkling, is perfect for our range.

And if we’re lucky, Charlotte will use the milk stout in her famous Stout Pudding!”

So if you’re a coffee and beer lover, you’re going to want to get down to The Five Bells and try this one; they hope you savour and enjoy it, knowing you are not only helping to support a wonderful community project, but also in the knowledge that you are unlikely to ever see anything quite like it again.

You can try ‘Inkling’ at The Five Bells from Tuesday 22nd November; you can check out their opening times on their website

Please note that if you are wanting to eat too, a table booking will be required.

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