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Jomax – Wren House Brewing – 91 Rating

Responses from head brewer Preston Thoeny.

BC: Who came up with this beer’s recipe?
I came up with the final recipe for Jomax, but it was done after talking to our local roaster, Press Coffee who supplies the beans and Cold Brew used in the beer. We tested over 10 bean varieties but at the end of the day I don't know too much about coffee, so I have to trust in the experts.

BC: What’s your favorite aspect of this beer (flavor, aroma, etc.)?
One goal I had in brewing a coffee beer was to make sure coffee was a strong complimenting flavor, but not the dominating presence of the beer. (We do keep cold brew coffee on tap just in case people want to bump it up a bit.) The way we do this is by adding very fresh roasted beans to the boil, but also backing it up with a strong, concentrated cold brew to the finished beer. It keeps the body where we want it, but it rounds out the coffee flavor nicely. 

BC: Where does this beer’s name come from?
Jomax is the name of a street in north Phoenix, Arizona. Growing up it seemed to be in the middle of nowhere but Phoenicians all seem to have a story about Jomax from their childhood. 

BC: Is this your “desert island beer?”
I hate to say it but probably not. It isn't a slight on Jomax, which is my favorite of our core beers, I just don't really see myself drinking 7% coffee stouts on a desert island. 

BC: Can you describe this beer in 10 words or less?
Cold brew oatmeal stout perfect for an AZ morning

BC: Do you know a story – or have a personal story – that revolves around this beer?
We took this beer to a Brew at the Zoo festival in Tucson, in the middle of summer, the day after our grand opening. Even though it was 100 degrees outside, people kept coming back for more

BC: What's a good food pairing for this beer?
J
omax is a versatile beer. You can drink it with big hunks of steak, or dessert in the evening... but I prefer it with a big lumberjack breakfast.