We’re sure Muletown Coffee loves to see your smiling groggy faces in the morning, shuffling towards the cash register reaching for your daily jolt of caffeine, but did you know there’s more to Muletown than just coffee? Stocked with 16 local craft beers, and two nationals- Highland and New Castle, Muletown Coffee now offers these adult beverages for your enjoyment.
Upon hearing about their beverage expansion, we arranged for a personal tasting of a few bottles with co-owner Chris Weninegar. Knowing we were novice beer drinkers Weninegar pulled a few beers he knew we’d like (re: girly) and a few more to challenge us.
Beer #1- Strawberry Picnic
A summer ale, from Blackstone Brewery in Nashville, this was an obvious thumbs up. Made with real strawberries in the mash it was the easiest to go down with the light taste of hops mixed with the sweetness of strawberry. It reminded us of a tipsy pie. This would be a great pre or post dinner bottle to enjoy on the porch.
Beer #2 Thunder Ann
Imagine a champagne turned into a beer. This American Pale Ale, created by Bailey Spaulding and Robyn Virball of Jackalope Brewing Company out of Nashville, is your perfect girls weekend beverage. Brewed with citrus hops, we tasted notes of grapefruit and imagined ourselves lounging on a beach somewhere. Weninegar suggested pairing this with fish or lighter fare appetizers for maximum enjoyment.
Beer #3 Nut Brown Ale
Again, this one comes from Blackstone Brewery in Nashville, but was a definite detour from the Strawberry Picnic. This was a heavier beer with a nutty finish that Weningar likened to “a REALLY good New Castle”. He suggested serving this with a side of red meat to get the full affect. The darkness of the beer made us think of fall and tailgating so we’ll keep this in our back pocket until then.
Beer #4 IPA
While this beer comes from Good People Brewing Co. in Birmingham, AL, we like to consider it a hometown brew. Created by Jason Malone, a Columbia native, this one tested our palates a little. It’s a light and crisp, but with a piney finish that took us by surprise. Weningar stamped this one as his favorite so we’ll keep ourselves open to trying another one down the road.
Lastly- for readers looking for something a little lighter that the whole family can enjoy, Muletown Coffee makes hand squeezed lemonade to order. Made from one large lemonade and pure sugar shaken and chilled to perfection, we enjoyed this outside with some new friends. So next time you want a few minutes to unwind head downtown, pull up a chair outside, or the occasional hammock, and enjoy a lazy afternoon of people watching on the square.
We’re excited to see what’s next for the creative duo behind Muletown Coffee. From day one they tapped into an energy downtown that had been left dormant for too long, and their investment in the community goes beyond the brick and mortar of their store. To stay updated on Muletown Coffee check out their website HERE and Facebook HERE or follow their Instagram @muletowncoffee .