Excerpted from an article in SouthWest Michigan's Second Wave
Nick Chard of Bravo! in Kalamazoo has been using in his java stout Water Street’s espresso blend, which he finds to have a low bitterness level, leading to a more enjoyable drinking experience.
"It has a lot of darker features, like chocolate, which was what I was going after, it doesn’t seem too abrasive. I put a lot of roasted malts in there that already had some of that roasted coffee flavor, so it seemed like a good fit," Chard says.
Bravo! recently released Chard’s java stout on draught but has also held a portion back to age in bourbon barrels. Chard intends to release the bourbon barrel java stout in the near future and pair it with special menu items.