Behind the Collaboration: Main Street Mocha Porter

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Brewing with beans. From left: Arthur Zimmerman and Paul Komsic.

Behind the Collaboration, Niko Krommydas’ new web-only series for Edible, explores the world of collaborations on Long Island. The first features BrickHouse Brewery & Restaurant’s newest beer, Main Street Mocha Porter.

The departure of brewmaster Charles Noll has instituted a new chapter of beer-making at Patchogue’s BrickHouse Brewery & Restaurant. Arthur Zimmerman, a new hire, is taking over as brewmaster; Paul Komsic, who assisted Noll for two years, is now brewer.

Noll moved to Broomfield, Colorado’s 4 Noses Brewing Company in November; since his departure, Komsic and Zimmerman have created four new beers: Rhapsody Raspberry Brown, Perseus IPA, Wonder Wheat and Main Street Mocha Porter. The latter, a collaboration with Patchogue’s Roast Coffee & Tea Trading Company, is technically a new coffee-infused porter. The concept, however, was spearheaded by Noll in 2012.

Main Street Coffee Porter, featured in the High Summer 2012 issue of Edible East End, was the first coffee-containing beer from BrickHouse and Roast. Its name was inspired by the location of both businesses, which continues to fatten with options for beer. This prompted Komsic and Zimmerman to revamp the recipe.

“There are so many places on Main Street that you can go to for a crazy beer now, so we wanted to keep relevant with Patchogue’s changing atmosphere and show the customers we’re going to try new things here,” says Komsic.

Main Street Coffee Porter was brewed twice by Noll, and both batches featured Maui Yellow Caturra coffee from Roast. Main Street Mocha Porter contains two single-origin coffees: Brazil Mogiana and El Salvador Santa Rita.

“We sampled a lot and really liked the combination of those two,” says Komsic. “I’m a big fan of the Mogiana, especially. It’s the only coffee I have at my house right now.” Evan Closson, co-owner of Roast, is also a fan of Brazil Mogiana. “We’ve only started roasting it this year, and it’s become a big hit. It’s smooth with multiple layers — not too strong and not too weak. It was a good choice for the beer.”

Komsic says Main Street Mocha Porter has a lot more coffee flavor than the first effort. The beer also contains cacao nibs from TCHO, which “gives it more chocolate notes than if we used chocolate malt. It adds a smooth mouthfeel, which complements the roastiness.”

Closson, who owns Roast with his father, William, “sees a lot of synergy between our businesses, and a lot of overlap between tasting coffees and beers.”

Main Street Mocha Porter debuted on December 28; only 10 barrels were made.