Staten Island Homebrew Club Creates Coffee-Flavored Beer for Charity

By Nicholas Rizzi on July 18, 2013 11:45am 

 Staten Island homebrew club, Pour Standards, will brew a coffee-flavored beer using beans from a local coffee roaster to go on tap at 508 GastroBrewery. A dollar from every pint sold will go to raise money for Huntington's Disease.
Staten Island homebrew club, Pour Standards, will brew a coffee-flavored beer using beans from a local coffee roaster to go on tap at 508 GastroBrewery. A dollar from every pint sold will go to raise money for Huntington's Disease.
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STATEN ISLAND — A local homebrew club is whipping up a coffee-flavored beer, using beans from a Staten Island roaster, for a good cause.

Pour Standards, the Staten Island homebrew club, teamed up with 508 GastroBrewery to create a coffee beer to raise money for advocacy groups to battle Huntington’s Disease, a neurological illness that mostly strikes adults.

The club will use beans from Unique Coffee Roasters to brew 10 5-gallon kegs of beer to be served at 508. A dollar from every pint sold will be donated to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, said Sean Torres, 27, president of Pour Standards.

“One of our club members has family members affected by this disease, so we figured we would support that cause,” Torres said.

The beer, which is made from a recipe collaboratively created by the 25 members of the club, with help from brewmaster at 508, Chris Cuzme, will be put on tap at 508 when it's completed.

“It isn't any particular style,” said Torres. “It’s a unique, original style created specifically to complement the coffee and showcase the coffee.”

Torres said the beer would be different than other coffee beers on the market, and the recipe aims for a sweeter taste, closer to a Frappuccino than a shot of espresso.

On Sunday, the homebrew group will brew the beer with Cuzme at 508, and the bar plans to have a launch party for the coffee beer when it’s done in four to six weeks.

While some outside of the borough might look askance at the beer brewed with Staten Island coffee beans, Torres said they’re in for something completely different and unique.

“It’s not something you hear that often, Staten Island produce anything beer related,” Torres said. “The guys in the club do produce pretty good beer.”

The homebrew club will also release the beer’s recipe when they finalize it, and the beer will be on tap at 508 until the kegs run out.

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