'"Coffee beers just need to be made, know what I mean?" says Tom Baker, the iconoclastic brewmaster and co-owner of Earth Bread + Brewery.
And yes, I could absolutely see his point since, coincidentally, I was both a little drowsy and extremely thirsty when we wandered last weekend into the breezy Mount Airy brewpub and pizza emporium.
I spied his Café Olé coffee cream ale on draft as the perfect pick-me-up. In true Baker fashion, though, he turns classic expectations on their ear, as Café Olé is neither dark, like most coffee brews, nor lactose-free, like most cream ales.
While Baker's ale may be amber, it's vivid with the roastiness of whole Sumatran and Ethiopian beans from nearby High Point Cafe.