Last time we made the Coco Brown we decided take one of our 5 gallon carboys skip the coconut and instead to add raspberries to secondary. We’ve had a few nice raspberry ales and we wanted to see how something else would go with our brown base. The finished beer is that same great brown with it’s debittered malts and smooth character except with a huge raspberry flavor. We only added 8oz of raspberries to 5 gallons of beer and we got a very strong flavor. If you like fruit beers or love raspberries this is the beer for you. For me it’s a little to strong to be a nice sipping ale but it goes absolutely great with chocolate as a dessert beer.
A good friend of mine, Dave, who comes and plays poker every week kept asking when we were going to make a coconut beer. Ironically we had been kicking around the same idea for quite a while. I’ve always really liked Maui’s Coconut Porter and on this day in particular Dave had also brought over Kona’s coconut brown to help make his case. It was great and it sealed the deal for us, now we just had to decide what goes into a great brown ale.