Laykoon Bottle


Spiced Sweet Stout

Inspired by travels through Jordan where spiced coffee was the daily ritual, “Laykoon" is named as a tribute to El Morabba3, whose music became the soundtrack of my journey. Bringing cinnamon and cardamom from Amman’s spice markets together with quality coffee from Costa Rica, organic cacao nibs from Belize, and vanilla beans from Madagascar, this stout is meant to be enjoyed by the open fire during the cold holidays.

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  • Last brewedDecember 25th, 2020
  • Alcohol8.1%
  • MaltsPilsner, Caramunich III, CaraAroma, Carapils, Chocolate, Flaked Oats
  • HopsMagnum
  • YeastMangrove Jack's M42 New World Strong Ale
  • ExtrasCardamom, Coffee, Cinnamon, Cacao Nibs, Vanilla, Cloves, Lactose

It all started in the summer of 2018 during a trip to Jordan, where cardamom coffee was being brewed around every street corner. I enjoyed that coffee so much that it didn't take long for an idea to take shape, and much like how other breweries were inspired by Mexican hot-chocolate so was I by Jordanian cardamom coffee, which is why I wanted to brew a beer in that style. Just thinking of the coffee itself, it was clear that my beer had to be a roasty stout with a decently creamy body that was a bit on the sweet side. Having already brewed coffee beer with some of my "Darkest Days" batches, I knew I would be adding the beans directly to the fermenter, but what I didn't want was for this new beer to be too similar to the other one and having never brewed a spiced holiday beer before, I figured this could be the one. I then started the long and tedious process of researching ingredients that would play well together in the right amounts, and then mindfully sourced them from the right places by talking to the right people, from chocolatiers to coffee roasters. What resulted was a beer that will always serve as a reminder of my time in Jordan, of the friends I made there, the music we listened to, the experiences we shared and the coffee we drank.

Initial pencil drawingInked with markersDigitally colored

The Artwork

Just as with my other sweet stout, "Tender Surrender", this one also plays on a theme of birds and arrows but in a more death defying way that also incorporates a black iris, Jordan's national flower and a symbol of growth and change. Wanting to pair the iris with an equally elegant text, I comissioned the talented Andrés Agudelo to create an Arabic-style lettering with the name of this beer, bringing it all together into one single piece of art.

Jochberg • 1,567m
Bavarian Alpenvorland, Germany

Can you buy this beer?

All of my beers are brewed in small quantities simply out of passion for the craft and as a tribute to the music that inspired them. I only share them with family and friends, and they are never for sale anywhere. If you would like to show your support though, maybe consider purchasing some merchandise from the shop.


If you appreciate my work and would like to support what I do, then here is your chance to do so by purchasing some of your very own Hopsylvania gear from my online shop. All orders and manufacturing are handled by Spreadshirt, but I get a small comision for the artwork itself.

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Laykoon T-Shirt

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