Make us your home page
Instagram

Local Craft Beer of the Week: JMC Coffee Porter, Mastry's Brewing Co.

Photo by Justin Grant/Special to tbt*

Photo by Justin Grant/Special to tbt*

One of the best aspects of the local craft beer scene is its emphasis on collaboration and cooperation, whether between competing breweries or other local businesses.

Mastry's Brewing Co. started out as a unique collaboration of sorts, its brewery and tasting room housed inside St. Petersburg's CD Roma restaurant. Last year, Mastry's moved to a new standalone location, making it the first brewery in St. Pete Beach.

One of Mastry's year-round beers is its JMC Coffee Porter, which is flavored with coffee and chocolate sourced from two other local businesses. The coffee doesn't have to travel far — it's roasted in-house, in a space shared with Evil Twin Coffee Co. Jenna White, Evil Twin's co-owner, is also the inspiration for the beer's name: Jenna's Morning Coffee.

For chocolate, Mastry's uses cacao nibs from Pinellas Chocolate Co., a Largo bean-to-bar chocolate producer that has supplied cacao to more than a dozen bay area breweries, as well as out-of-state breweries like the Answer Brewpub in Richmond, Va.

The resulting brew pours nearly pitch-black, with a creamy tan head. The aroma is heavy on the coffee, with dark-roasted grain in the background. At first sip, the beer is surprisingly bitter, almost over-aggressive. Once it warms, however, the chocolate notes shine through nicely, adding some welcome balance. Have an Evil Twin cold brew on nitro as a sidecar, for extra effect.

JMC Coffee Porter is currently in the tasting room only, as Mastry's beers won't be in distribution until early next year. That's a great excuse to head to the beach and check out the tasting room at 7701 Blind Pass Road.

For bonus points, stop by on Tuesday for the Beer and Sunshine Bottle Share, which will feature a release of Mastry's new Norwegian-style farmhouse ale blend, fermented with Norwegian kveik yeast and aged in white-oak barrels ($15 for 22-ounce bottle).

— Justin Grant

Have a suggestion for the Local Craft Beer of the Week? Brewers, have a limited release coming that we should know about? Email jg@saintbeat.com.

Local Craft Beer of the Week: JMC Coffee Porter, Mastry's Brewing Co. 08/10/17 [Last modified: Thursday, August 10, 2017 1:45pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Plan a fall vacation at Disney, Universal, Busch Gardens when crowds are light

    Florida

    Now that the busy summer vacation season is ending, Floridians can come out to play.

    Maria Reyna, 8, of Corpus Cristi, TX. eats chicken at the Lotus Blossom Cafe at the Chinese pavilion at Epcot in Orlando, Fla. on Thursday, August 17, 2017.  Epcot is celebrating it's 35th year as the upcoming Food and Wine Festival kicks off once again.
  2. Ticket window: Shania Twain, Chicago, George Benson

    Music & Concerts

    Tickets for the following events go on sale this week:

    LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 01:  Singer Shania Twain performs during the debut of her residency show "Shania: Still the One" at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on December 1, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)
  3. Plan your weekend Aug. 25-27: Craig Morgan, Wearable Art 13, SNL's Pete Davidson, Rodeo Fest

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    USF

    Pete Davidson: Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson will headline this year's University of South Florida Round-Up Comedy Show, a back-to-school tradition at USF. Expect to hear about his recent trip to rehab, since he's known for his confessional …

    The 12th annual Wearable art Fashion Show was held at the Dunedin Fine Art Center on Saturday evening, August 27, 2016.
DAVID W DOONAN | Special To The Times
  4. Pasco Events for Aug. 25-31

    Events

    25 Friday

    Feeding Pasco's Elderly hosts inaugural Leadership Breakfast: The Pasco County Elderly Nutrition Division/Feeding Pasco's Elderly will host this east Pasco event to mirror the Ambassador's Breakfast fundraising event that has been held the past two years on the county's west side. County …

  5. Local craft beer of the week: Cherry Pastelitos, Coppertail Brewing Co. in Tampa

    Bars & Spirits

    On Saturday, Tampa's Coppertail Brewing Co. will celebrate its third anniversary with a Florida weisse festival, showcasing densely fruited tart wheat beers from more than a dozen Tampa Bay area breweries including, of course, many of its own brews in this summer-friendly style.

    Center: Coppertail Brewing’s Cherry Pastelitos. Flanking it are Coppertail’s BOMP (blood orange, mango, passionfruit), left, and Pinky Swear (pink lemonade-flavored).