Breweries Embrace a Different Kind of Buzz

 The Modern Times taproom in the Point Loma section of San Diego set aside a section for coffee. It opens at 8 a.m. daily and sells flights of cold-brew and pour-over coffee made with beans that it ages in rum barrels. Credit: Tara Pixley for  The New York Times

The Modern Times taproom in the Point Loma section of San Diego set aside a section for coffee. It opens at 8 a.m. daily and sells flights of cold-brew and pour-over coffee made with beans that it ages in rum barrels. Credit: Tara Pixley for The New York Times

A few months ago I was on a reporting trip to Flint, Michigan, where I visited Tenacity Brewing. There, I realized the brewery had just opened a roastery and coffeeshop. Huh, I thought, that's novel. The more I researched the combination, the more I realized that it was a trend percolating across the country. That little seed of an idea sprouted into my latest story for The New York Times.