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Beer for breakfast? You bet! Here are 8 styles to try

Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast: Like Founders' popular Breakfast Stout and Terrapin's excellent Wake-n-Bake, this hefty stout features oats in the grist bill — in this case, 25 percent. This gives the beer a creamy feel that blends perfectly with the addition of "gourmet coffee" beans. At more than 7 percent alcohol by volume, and with a syrup-like viscosity, this beer can practically be a meal in itself.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier: Forget bacon — drink rauchbier! Literally "smoke beer" in German, rauchbier is a classic beer style with a prominent smokiness resulting from the use of beechwood-smoked malts. The Märzen version is the benchmark, but if you want to ease into the world of bacon-y beers, try the Helles, which doesn't feature smoked malt but carries some residual smoke flavor from other batches brewed in the same copper kettles.

Bloody beer and micheladas: Don't knock it until you try it! The classic bloody beer is simply a mix of lager and tomato juice, while the michelada combines a Mexican lager base with lime juice, salt, and various sauces and spices. Try a dash of Maggi sauce for a touch of savory flavor in the mix.

Moa Breakfast Beer: From New Zealand comes the first beer designed specifically to go with breakfast. This wheat lager is flavored with wine-like Nelson hops and cherries. It's light, slightly sweet, and honestly tastes exactly like a Twizzler. While it's not recommended to eat licorice for breakfast, this beer would go great with a fresh fruit platter.

Stiegl Radler: This summertime favorite is a blend of 40 percent Stiegl Golbräu lager and 60 percent grapefruit juice. It's crisp and undeniably refreshing, with prominent, juicy grapefruit flavors. At only 2.5 percent ABV, you can easily have more than one without getting into too much trouble.

Beermosas: Feel free to get creative with your base, but cider and wheat ales are the most popular choices to use in place of bubbly. My favorite version was once offered at St. Pete's Ale and the Witch, featuring Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat topped with a splash of OJ.

Rapp Berliner Weisse: Seminole's Rapp Brewing isn't open in the mornings, so make sure to grab a growler a day or two in advance. This Berlin-style wheat beer is traditionally cut with flavored syrup, to add a sweet counterpoint to the beer's tartness. Try traditional raspberry or woodruff syrups, or go full-breakfast and try it with the (thankfully vegetarian-friendly) bacon syrup.

Cigar City Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale: This rich, creamy brown ale is brewed with vanilla, cacao nibs and coffee from St. Pete's Mazzaro's Italian Market. It's a seasonal release; the latest edition was released last month. This beer becomes scarce quickly, so if you see any sixers out there, grab one.

Beer for breakfast? You bet! Here are 8 styles to try 07/17/14 [Last modified: Friday, July 18, 2014 6:04pm]
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