A true pick-me-up brew

Glasgow producers collaborate to create coffee-flavoured beer

Hardtail coffee beer is the result of a joint effort between Jaw Brew and Sons of Amazon

THE growing thirst for coffee-flavoured drinks has led to two Glasgow producers joining forces to create a beer with a “rich coffee” taste.

Sons of Amazon, which is said to have created the UK’s strongest coffee, has teamed with family-run craft microbrewery Jaw Brew to produce Hardtail, a 4.5% ABV beer made with the potent coffee.

The beer, which is free from artificial flavours and additives, is described as “a clean, refreshing beer with distinct and rich coffee flavours”, with notes of hazelnut, cinnamon and chocolate.

Named after the Hardtail motorcycle, a vehicle with a rigid frame and no rear suspension, the new release’s packaging reflects the Sons of Amazon’s biker theme.

Customers are intrigued that Sons of Amazon is the UK’s strongest coffee.

The company’s coffee, available in both a course and a fine grind as well as beans, is said to contain four times more caffeine than a standard instant coffee.

Founded by friends Marco Giambastiani, managing director of Italian Aroma Coffee, and Eric Witham, who has a background in whisky marketing, the firm has sourced its raw coffee from farms in the Amazon rainforest with conservation group Rainforest Alliance; Witham called the coffee “strong and fair”.

Giambastiani said: “There are certainly customers out there who are intrigued that Sons of Amazon is the UK’s strongest coffee. 

“That’s an undoubted USP but the coffee has many more strings to its bow. They are picking up on its rich, intense flavour, the silky crema and the fact that there’s no bitterness.”