Belton’s first microbrewery serves a great blonde coffee beer—and plenty of local history.
Sometimes you need coffee but you deserve a beer. One of the best things about being an adult is that you don’t have to choose: Many breweries are happy to supply you with a coffee-infused brew. Not all of them come in the form of a blonde ale, though. And Broken Hatchet Brewery has made a bestseller out of its Burnt District Blonde.
Brad and Cara Steele opened the microbrewery in Belton last May, though Brad had been homebrewing for several years. The coffee blonde was one of his early recipes. French Caramel Cream beans from the Roasterie are steeped with the beer inside the fermenter.
“I start tasting samples of the beer every half hour, but once I pour the beans in, I know that beer is being kegged within six hours.”
The result is an easy-drinking straw-colored ale with a smooth finish and just a whisper of sweetness from the flavored coffee.
Natalie Torres Gallagher
Natalie Torres Gallagher is Kansas City magazine’s longtime food critic and frequent contributor.
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