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The Making of Breakfast Stout

If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it’s no wonder Breakfast Stout and its variants from Founders Brewing are so popular. Learn more about the rich, full, sweet stout that Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki says started out as a homebrew recipe.

John Holl Apr 28, 2018 - 7 min read

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Craft Beer and Brewing: Breakfast Stout is a beer so many people know today and almost take for granted. How did it come to be?

Jeremy Kosmicki: “I was friends with former Head Brewer Nate Walser before we started working at Founders. When we came to the brewery, [the owners] were just about ready to throw in the towel and started making these crazy beers. Nate fabricated a one-barrel pilot system and in 2002. One of the beers we made was Breakfast Stout.

It was inspired by my homebrew days. I really loved coffee beers, such as Redhook’s Double Black Stout. It was a boozy bomber for $3 and so a great deal. Bell’s Java Stout was an inspiration as well. Then I had Young’s Double Chocolate Stout. That was a revelation! So it got us thinking, and we started fooling around with coffee and chocolate, and I started melting chocolate and steeping coffee into an oatmeal stout.”

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John Holl is the author of Drink Beer, Think Beer: Getting to the Bottom of Every Pint, and has worked for both Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine® and All About Beer Magazine.