As this writer stares out at a dreary rain-filled skyline I am reminded of what it means to life in in the Pacific Northwest. This usually means copious amounts of precipitation, copper-colored pine needles littering the ground, and of course an overwhelming need to drink something dark. Maybe it's the sensation that one gets when all that's above their head is a cloudy sea of bone and chalk white.
For me that usually means a Winter Ale or Winter Warmer, served in a pint. But if a Winter Warmer isn't handy then I usually reach for a dark lager, like a Bock, Eisbock, or Dunkel. Then again you might find yourself more prone to enjoying a Stout or Porter, preferably from one of the local breweries (like Deschutes, Snoqualmie Falls, or Elysian).
If you gravitate to something that is more akin to a cup of coffee, a bowl of chocolate, or a triple-shot mocha; there's hope.
Recognizing that there absence has been noticed, Redhook is happy to announce the next release of their Double Black Coffee Stout.
Redhook Ale Brewery first brewed Double Black Stout 17 years ago. Since he stopped brewing the beer in 2000 and briefly brought it back for a limited release in 2008, it remains one of Redhook’s most requested beers. Beginning Oct. 29, Black is back. Redhook’s Double Black Stout will be available for a limited time through the brewery’s Blueline Series on draught and in 22-ounce bottles to beer drinkers in Washington and Oregon.
For the brewery this will mark another change in the familiar and polarizing beer known as Double Black Stout. For those keeping track of this beer some of the roasters featured included Starbucks, Lighthouse and now Cafe Vita. Then again it seems fitting that brewmaster Jen Talley would choose an exciting coffee company as Caffe Vita.
Utilizing green bean buyer Daniel Shewmaker the two collaborated to create a stout so dark one might confuse this beverage as a pick-me-up.
Described by the two collaborators, “Double Black Stout is a robust stout brewed with Farm Direct Caffe Vita coffee to create a complex beer with deep color and aromas, highlighted by rich coffee flavor.”
“We are stoked to partner with Caffe Vita to bring back Double Black Stout,” said Talley, Redhook’s brewmaster in Woodinville, Wash. “Daniel and I had a great time tasting different styles of coffee to develop the recipe. This version of Double Black Stout plays on the delicate coffee flavors and aromas with the perfect combination of roast and chocolate character to warm you up as the temperatures drop.”
“When Redhook approached us about partnering to bring back Double Black Stout, we were really excited to work on a project that brings together two Northwest favorites: beer and coffee,” said Caffe Vita’s Shewmaker. “It’s a great partnership. We’re both dedicated to great brewing and we’re excited to share Double Black Stout with our fans.”
Released under Redhook’s Blueline Series, a limited release series brewed specifically for local distribution, Double Black Stout comes in at 7.0% ABV and 40 IBUs. The beer is a robust stout brewed with the generous use of roasted barley, Munich malt and Carafa 3, giving the beer a deep opaque black color. Roasted, chocolate and coffee aromas and flavors round out the beer for a rich, creamy finish.
Currently on the shelves and (I hope) at a few bars, you should have found Redhook Double Black Stout by now.
About the Blueline Series
Launched in 1993, the Redhook Blueline Series is named for the streetcar line that once ran to the Redhook’s former brewery location in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, which was formerly a trolley barn. Redhook’s brewers are a creative bunch and are always cooking up new ideas for beers outside the standard lineup. Several times a year, the best and most interesting of these ideas are brewed and released under the Blueline Series. These special brews are only available for a limited time in 22-ounce bottles and on draft in Redhook’s backyard markets.
Redhook was born out of the energy and spirit of the early ‘80s in the heart of Seattle. While the term didn’t exist at the time, Redhook became one of America’s first “craft” breweries. From a modest start in a former transmission shop in the Seattle neighborhood of Ballard, to the current breweries in Woodinville, Wash., and Portsmouth, N.H., Redhook has become one of America’s most recognized craft breweries. While Redhook has “grown up” during the past 30 years, one thing has never changed – he’s still brewing great beers like ESB, Long Hammer IPA, Pilsner, Copperhook and a variety of seasonal brews. Most importantly, Redhook makes sure he has fun doing it. Redhook’s beers are available on tap and in bottles, and are available in markets across the country. For more information, visit www.redhook.com.
About Caffe Vita Coffee Roasting Company
Caffe Vita Roasting Co. has been roasting coffee in Seattle since 1995. Locally owned and artisanally roasted, Vita operates nine cafes in the Pacific Northwest, a roasteria café in New York City, and will soon expand to Los Angeles. Caffe Vita has made it their mission to source the best coffees directly from exceptional farms that practice extraordinary levels of stewardship and sustainability. For more information, visit www.caffevita.com.