CDGA Coffee Co. and Young Lion Brewing release their Coffee Saison
CANANDAIGUA — CDGA Coffee Co. brings the coffee, and Young Lion Brewing Co. brings the beer.
And the folks behind the two Canandaigua-based companies have been friends for some time. So when the two get together to celebrate their collaboration, it only makes sense in this case to have a brunch release party.
It is coffee-infused beer, after all.
The product of the Young Lion and CDGA Coffee production, a special release Coffee Saison farmhouse ale will be in Canandaigua-area stores later this week. You could call it a weekend in a can, as the aroma hints at a cup of coffee on a Sunday morning, while the beer is light — not a stout as one might expect — and offers a subtle reminder of perhaps the Saturday night before. And they pair well together, like the two companies do.
Young Lion Owner Jen Newman said she has known Don and Donna Cotter, who not only have started the coffee-roasting company their family operates from their Canandaigua garage but also helped start Naked Dove Brewing Co. in Hopewell, for years.
“When this opportunity came up for me to be able to partner with them, I jumped at the chance, because they’ve always been such good friends and so supportive of us,” Newman said Sunday. “Also, they make an incredible product.”
The Cotters produce light, medium and dark roasts weekly with an environmentally friendly coffee roaster in their garage. They started the company about a year ago, and their coffee can be found in several local stores and restaurants as well as at the Canandaigua Farmers Market. The business also is about helping the community, as 10 percent of the revenue is donated to charities.
Donna Cotter said she and the rest of the family are just so grateful to Young Lion and Newman for supporting what they do and embracing it.
And she liked what they came up with, she said.
“We’re very happy,” Cotter said.
If you’ve got coffee, you should have something sweet to go with it, so Greece-based Blue Barn Cidery provided locally made doughnuts for the release.
Not only do the doughnuts and coffee saison complement each other, so do each of the local companies, particularly during this time of coronavirus pandemic.
“Right now, with all that’s going on, supporting local is everything,” Newman said.