Anyone with a watch, smartphone, or VCR, can tell you that it's getting darker quicker. Darkness, along with lower temperatures, are some of the symptoms associated with the Winter season. Which should put things into perspective when you consider what beer pairs well with the bitter cold and limited daylight.
Thankfully Seattle's Elysian Brewing is up to the challenge of being your perfect Winter beer. Here to further speak to the breweries accreditations is none other than Dick Cantwell, co-owner and head brewer.
In Seattle, beer and coffee are like siblings, jealously dividing the day. It's a ticklish point as evening approaches, in fact, when the joys of the one give way to the other. And along with other more hard-bitten local industries, they compete for the attentions of a creative and often otherwise-distracted workforce, dividing the hip and tattooed into brewers and roasters, barkeeps and baristas. Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout brings all that together, combining the talents of Elysian Brewing and Stumptown Coffee in a deliciously smooth, very Northwest beer.
Back in 2012, during Seattle Beer Week, Split Shot first arrived. As it was the flagship beer of SBW, it seemed fitting that co-Founder Dick Cantwell would recognize two loves of many brewers and late night imbibers - by marrying coffee and beer.
More on Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout
A complex bill of malts hold it all together--Northwest pale, C-15 and C-45 dextrine malts, Franco-Belges kiln coffee malt, Black, Roasted and Chocolate malts and flaked oats. Magnum hops add a touch of bitterness and milk sugar sweetens just a bit. Cold-infused Stumptown coffee provide an invigorating richness. With an original gravity of 18.5° Plato/1.074 SG and an alcoholic content of 7.25% by volume, Split Shot will warm and sustain through spring's cool evenings. The combination of coffee and stout will definitely keep your attention.
-Dick Cantwell Head Brewer and Founder, Elysian Brewing
Look for 22 ounce and 12 ounce bottles (as well as a nitrogen-draft edition) throughout the region, starting this January. With a limited run through March 2014, this is one beer you shouldn't avoid.
About Elysian Brewing Company
The Elysian was founded in 1995 by principals Dick Cantwell (President/Head Brewer), Joe Bisacca (CFO/Head of Operations) and David Buhler (Sales & Marketing Director). Our first Seattle location, a 220-seat beer hall and our main brewery, opened in 1996 on Capitol Hill, Seattle’s most populous neighborhood. In 1997 Elysian was chosen to operate a pub and small brewery at Gameworks—a large entertainment complex owned by Universal Studios, Dreamworks & Sega. Elysian left this partnership in 2002 upon expiration of the five-year contract. A short year later Elysian opened TangleTown, an 80-seat neighborhood brewery/bistro. With a 3-bbl pilot brewery, Elysian-TangleTown acted as the brewers' test kitchen, fueling the creative fires and helping cement Elysian's reputation as Seattle’s top brewpub. The most recent addition to the Elysian empire, Elysian Fields, opened in August 2006. Perched next to Seattle’s two sports arenas, Fields seats 400 and packs the house at lunch and on gamedays. It is typical for us to offer over twenty different Elysian beers between the three locations.