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    Chicken-fried beefsteak, three eggs, hash-browns, corn muffin and I.P.A.

    Recently, subscribers to found the following in their email inbox:



    In the past I have offered my thoughts on the subject… Beer Three Times a
    , Beer IS For Breakfast, and Brewkfast at The Lamprey River Tavern, Newmarket, NH

    Now I am asking you…

    When was the last time you had a beer for breakfast?

    What is the best breakfast-beer you have ever had?

    This time I will offer not to use names if requested.


    Peter LaFrance



    The response to the above was interesting and very informative. My experiences in the recent past have been noted above. However, one of my favorite breakfasts was in St. Gallen, Switzerland on 24September 1988. Along with what I thought was a remarkable number of people on their way to work, I bought a breakfast weiswurst and half pint of beer from a street-vendor. The weather was grey and brisk and the sausage and beer a perfect way to start that day.

    Now for the results… and a “Good Morning!” wherever you are and whatever time it is!

    James Houston

    Hi Peter,

    I had a Proving Ground IPA with a Hangtown Fry (bacon, eggs, fried oysters, grilled bread) for breakfast at the great Magnolia Gastropub in San Francisco this past weekend.

    At nearly 7% it was perhaps a little heavy of a beer for the morning (and I actually had two of them…).

    I think my best breakfast beer memory was a can of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with eggs, sliced frankfurters, baked beans, and charred hamburger buns at daybreak in Yosemite National Park two years ago.


    James Houston

    Greg Sheridan

    Last time I had beer for breakfast I was 22 and hung over (badly hung over) so the beer in the cooler killed it. It was a bud.

    Greg Sheridan

    Steven Frank

                We have Munich breakfasts a couple of times a year, weisswurst and weissbier.  Sometimes with a big pretzel and home fries.  Has to be Schneider Weiss.


    Gerry Khermouch

                Peter - I became a convert to morning beer when I adopted a late interest in soccer in middle age (when my kids took it up) and learned of the vast network of NYC bars that open as early as 7 AM on weekends to broadcast live games from Europe, often to boisterous, packed rooms (or in the case of soccer epicenter Nevada Smith's in the East Village, three floors of packed rooms). Many are British-themed pubs with the likes of Guinness or Newcastle Brown available, both fine breakfast choices, and at some you can choose among craft beers including such sessionable choices as Founder's All Day IPA.

    But my favorite ritual, every year in San Francisco for the Fancy Food Show in January, is to hit the venerable Mad Dog in the Fog on Lower Haight Street en route to the Moscone Center, for a delectable Anderson Valley Boont Amber (or two) as accompaniment to the Spurs or Arsenal game at 8 AM on Sunday. The height of sophistication!

    Btw: If any of this is usable you're welcome to use my name. My wife and my boss both know all about it!

    Gerry Khermouch

    Beverage Business Insights/

    Craft Brew News

    Charles Finkel

    Hi Peter,

    Thanks for asking.  Please see my answer below. This morning I got an early start with fruit, toast and espresso. No beer!

    When was the last time you had a beer for breakfast?

    Yesterday morning.

    What is the best breakfast-beer you have ever had?

    Porters with hangtown fry, oatmeal stout with smoked kippers, scotch ale with a steak, cottage fries and cooked heirloom tomatoes, pale ale with a bacon omelet, brown ale with  home baked bread and raw milk cheese, tripel with Belgian waffles! 


    Charles Finkel

    The Pike Brewing Company

    Chuck Nowicki,

    Sales and Marketing Director

                My last breakfast beer was Saturday after a long elk hunt in the backcountry.

    My favorite Breakfast beer ever was the Wake Up Call Imperial Coffee Porter.


    Dale DeGroff

    Peter... a cleansing ale at breakfast after a night of hard drinking has been on the menu for most of my adult life ... and I believe most other BTs who worked the 4am closing shift!


    Dale DeGroff

    President, Museum of the American Cocktail


    And that’s the way it is, as exclusively reported on



    Beer IS for Breakfast

    For as long as I can remember the phrase has been bantered about that “Beer is not just for breakfast anymore!”

    I will admit that in my checkered past there were a few Sunday mornings when, to quote Jonny Cash, “…the beer I had for breakfast tasted good, so I had one for desert.” That admitted; let me assure you that those two-course breakfasts have not been a part of my culinary regimen for quite some time.

    Nevertheless, as a part of a balanced diet of fat, salt, sugar and beer, I have recently had the pleasant opportunity to enjoy the hospitality of the state of New Hampshire. In that fine state it is possible to enter a restaurant on a Sunday morning and begin breakfast with a beaker of liquid bread. Allow me to elaborate…

     The following series of illustrations make a very strong case for the observation that beer is a most acceptable part of a balanced-diet (see above) breakfast.

    First of all is the refreshing rehydration that is necessary after a good night’s slumber.

    Next, beer has the ability to add a touch of hop-tang contrast to the flavors of sweet and salty. Balancing these flavors is an important aspect in determining the best breakfast menu selections.

    Finally, beer either adds to the smooth entry into another fabulous day of opportunity, or reinforces the necessary resolve needed to turn a day with lack of promise into a day to be later appreciated as a valuable learning experience.