In the past I've talked a lot about coffee culture, the people that fuel it and how it relates to other food and beverage cultures. All of us are excited to create something cool and then to share it with everyone, to show that we can build new things that change the way we think about what we consume and to be in on it together as a community.
Collaboration is something that bridges a gap between people and ideas, hopefully resulting in a conclusion that unifies different groups of people under a common cause. Since coffee is on such an up and coming track, there's always a lot of room to venture out of our comfort zone of our cozy cafe and leap into different realms.
This week, that realm is beer.
A few weeks ago I heard through the grapevine that there was a new brewery called Twin Elephant that had popped up in Chatham, right on Watchung Avenue. Really? Local craft beer in this area? Yes, really. I thought that was rad, and I went down there to check it out and have a pint or two. THis place was a total surprise to me; a super chilled out and intelligent brewery hiding in plain sight that developed some of the coolest brew's I've tasted in a long while offering sometimes as many as a dozen different beers every week. I met the owners and the brewmasters, we chatted, we talked about how our two lines of work might cross paths one day and how we dig each others' craft.
Long story short, we made those paths cross to develop a (hopefully!) lasting and incredible relationship between Boxwood and Twin Elephant, with today (Saturday) being the first unveiling of our joint efforts. On tap at T.E. you will find Diamonds and Pearls, a favorite stout of theirs now with a hefty helping of El Jefe dark roast coffee in the mix.
I'm so happy.
All of those involved are super stoked at how this is turning out, and we are excited to see what crazy new brews the Elephant dudes are gonna come up with next. Stay tuned to both Boxwood and Twin Elephant to see what cool things may be coming down the pike, wether it's more collaboration between the two beverage dispensaries or a knew venture altogether!
It's a lovely day for a pint, don't you think?
Hayden Kaye is our Master Roaster and head of the Say Interesting Stuff department.
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