Hoppin' Frog Brewery is toasting the 100th anniversary of Pearl Coffee Co. with — of course — a new beer.

The Akron brewery has produced Head Bean Imperial Cafe Pilsner, an imperial pilsner showcasing the Akron coffee company's Scandinavian Morning Blend coffee beans. Hoppin' Frog has used Pearl Coffee beans in its other coffee-infused brews.

"They are an icon in Akron," brewery founder and award-winning brewmaster Fred Karm said. "We are honored to work with them."

Head Bean Cafe Pilsner, which is 7% alcohol by volume, will be released Thursday (June 27) on draft and in 22-ounce bottles. The bottles will go for $7.99.

The beer will be available to start exclusively at the brewery, 1680 E. Waterloo Road. Karm said he isn't sure if any will be released to retail markets.

It's not the first time that Hoppin' Frog has partnered with an Akron institution on a special beer release. The brewery has worked with Acme Fresh Market for several years producing fruit-flavored shandies.

As for Pearl Coffee, the business was launched in 1919 by Nicholas Economou and three of his brothers. They had left Greece as teenagers and learned the coffee trade in Cairo, Egypt, before settling in Akron.

The company's coffee was first called Artemis after the Greek goddess of the hunt and in honor of the family's country of origin. But in the company's earliest days, the name was switched to Diana, the mythological Roman counterpart of Artemis. She was said to drink a black nectar in the morning for strength

"My father always said that drinking our coffee was like kissing the lips of Diana for warmth and for pleasure," John Economou told the Beacon Journal in 2003.

At the time, he said he wasn't sure who suggested the name Pearl for the company. He knows only that it's meant to suggest a gem of an operation.

The name of the beer is a tribute to John Economou, who is known as "Head Bean," Karm said.