Coronado Brewing Company (San Diego, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Shaka Berry Pastry Stout on Friday, February 7.
Arriving just in time to add a little sweetness to your Valentine’s Day, Shaka Berry Pastry Stout is an Imperial Milk Stout that “blends tart boysenberries and blackberries with rich cocoa and vanilla bean.” Coming in at 10.5 ABV, Shaka Berry comes together to be a decadent Pastry Stout that is carefully layered with “waves of flavor.”
“We wanted to have fun with a pastry stout that was big and decadent, but not barrel-aged,” says Mark Theisen, Head Brewer, Coronado Brewing Company. “We explored a lot of flavor profiles before landing where we did. The combo of chocolate and fruit work so well together and it really is the perfect beer to crack open for Valentine’s Day.”
“This beer is so big, that in order to hit our ABV goals, we did a double mash for each batch,” says Theisen. “We were basically using double the grist and doing a really long boil to hit our 10.5% ABV.” In addition to the imperial stout base, the brewers added cocoa powder, vanilla beans, lactose, and a blend of blackberries and boysenberries. “This was a challenging beer because we wanted the chocolate and fruit to be in harmony and not compete with each other,” says Theisen. “I get a lot of cocoa up front, then the berries hit you with a slight tartness that cuts through the sweetness of the rich stout base. In the end, its super complex but drinkable, and we encourage fans to enjoy it now!”
Shaka Berry Pastry Stout will debut at all three Coronado Brewing Company locations on February 7 and is scheduled to enter distribution the following week. You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in North Carolina, California and throughout the rest of Coronado Brewing Company’s distribution footprint. Prost!
Vital Information for Shaka Berry Pastry Stout from Coronado Brewing Company
Release – Limited/Stout Series; February 7, 2020
Style – Imperial Milk Stout
ABV – 10.5%
Added Ingredients – Boysenberry, blackberry, vanilla, cocoa & lactose
Fun Fact – “Shaka Berry Pastry Stout is a limited release in [Coronado Brewing Company’s] new Stout Series, and the first time the company is releasing one of its high-octane stouts in a 16oz can format.”
Suggested Food Pairings – “Wood-Fired BBQ Ribs, Flat Iron Steak, Creme Brulee”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://coronadobrewing.com/brew-finder/