Faculty x Wize Monkey: Mango Party Cream Ale
We have been brewing up a cool new collaboration with Faculty Brewing! Wize Monkey and the team at Faculty are making the world’s first Coffee Leaf Tea beer: Mango Party Cream Ale.
February 8th, we experimented with infusing Wize Monkey’s fan-favourite Mango Party tea into a cream ale. The final results are awesome.
Wize Monkey, at its simplest, creates delicious tea by upcycling extra coffee plant leaves sourced from Nicaragua. They apply traditional rolling and oxidizing techniques from the tea industry to the coffee leaf, and the result is a uniquely smooth and lightly caffeinated “Coffee Leaf Tea.” They are constantly experimenting with ways Coffee Leaf Tea can be consumed, from cocktails to cookies to kombucha, and now beer!
Let’s talk beer.
For this brew, we went with a smooth and drinkable cream ale as our base. Cream ales are stylistically clean, well-attenuated, and refreshing. We went with this style for both the thirst quenching characteristics and to let the delicious mango flavours from the Coffee Leaf tea shine in this brew. As for hops, we brewed with Mandarina Bavaria to tie in a some citrus aromas with the tropical fruit notes from the tea.
We add the Wize Monkey Mango Party tea right at whirlpool, much like when you are making a cup of tea at home. We use large mesh bags and let the it steep in the beer to extracted all the delicious mango flavour. We then remove the tea, add yeast, and let the beer ferment!
When can I taste it?
For this exclusive collaboration, we’re hosting a launch party on Thursday, March 7th at Faculty Brewing in Mount Pleasant, Vancouver. Music and drinks start at 5pm going late. We'll also be selling our new apparel and all of our teas on-site as well. Swing by with your friends for a first taste of our Mango Party Cream Ale!