Portland Maine’s own Peak Organic Brewing announced today that they’ve released their new fall seasonal brew: Espresso Amber Ale. The Espresso Amber Ale is brewed with Maine-roasted, organic fair trade espresso in collaboration with Coffee By Design. The beer is in partnership with Transfair, a non-profit that works to ensure that farmers and farm workers behind Fair Trade Certified goods are paid fair, above-market prices, helping to support a better life for farming families, community development and environmental stewardship. Peak Organic Espresso Amber Ale is the first Fair Trade Certified™ beer brewed in the United States. According to the official company press release,

“Our Espresso Amber Ale is a celebration of tasty, local ingredients and organic, fair trade
practices,” said Jon Cadoux from Peak, a passionate craft beer brewer. “As foodies, we’ve
always appreciated hand-crafted coffee roasters, so we jumped at the opportunity to work with
our friends down the street at Coffee By Design, who craft amazing coffee. We feel like this is
more than just a delicious craft beer, but also a positive experience from start to finish, farm to
glass” said Geoff Masland from Peak.

According to Cadoux, The Espresso Amber Ale is a flavorful, robust ale with toasty notes from the espresso in the front palate that delicately compliment the sweeter notes from the malts in the back palate.

Be sure and check back here for a review of Peak’s Espresso Amber Ale as soon as I get my hands on it. In the meantime, be sure and check out (and pick up a bottle of) my previous review of the Peak Organic Maple Oat Ale and my September ’07 interview with Peak founder Jon Cadoux.



  1. Tasted this Beer at Stratton Mountain’s CHILI COOKOFF AND BREWFEST it was the best Beer out of all the Beers there . The hop/coffee bitterness is well balanced with the beers maltiness the Beer also has distinct vanilla Notes on the back palette .Coffee Porter’s watch out !!!!

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