Oskar Blues Brewery Goes Year-Round with Hotbox Coffee Porter

OBHotboxpourOskar Blues Brewery (Longmont, Colorado) has announced that Hotbox Coffee Porter will return on August 4, and this time it is here to stay as the brewery’s newest Year-Round offering.

Brewed with a sizable malt bill that includes “seven varieties . . . led by CaraAroma”, Hotbox Coffee Porter starts life as a “hugely malty, medium-bodied porter” that offers notes of “chocolate, fig, plum, espresso, burnt sugar, caramel, and marshmallow.”  Hotbox Coffee Porter is then “[rearranged] into a coffee colossus” with the addition of “a super-concentrated cold brew” that Hotbox Roasters formulated from a “blend of beans from South America (Columbia, Honduras and Guatemala).”  With the malt bill perfectly balancing the coffee’s “flavors of tobacco, chocolate, wood and earthiness”, Hotbox Coffee Porter (6.4% ABV) comes together to be a “roasty, malty, wake-up-call of a porter” that is “not too sweet.”

“We brew two pounds of coffee to one gallon of water and then steep it for 36 hours,” said Noe Lopez, Head Roaster at Hotbox Roasters. “It adds massive coffee and chocolate flavor to the beer.” Hotbox Roasters donated the leftover Cold Brew to NASA to use as rocket fuel.

Hotbox Coffee Porter will officially release on August 4 with a series of kickoff events going down in Austin, Texas; Brevard, North Carolina; Longmont, Colorado; and Boulder, Colorado. It will then hit craft beer-friendly spots located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, Texas and throughout the rest Oskar Blues Brewery’s nationwide distribution area.  Look for Hotbox Coffee Porter to be available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft.  Prost!

Vital Information for Hotbox Coffee Porter from Oskar Blues Brewery 

Release – Year-Round availability begins August 2018
Style – American Porter
ABV – 6.4%
IBUs – 30
Featured Malt – CaraAroma 
Added Ingredients – Concentrated cold brew coffee from Hotbox Roasters
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.oskarblues.com/beerfinder/

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Oskar Blue Brewery and Hotbox Roasters Collaborate to Create Hotbox Coffee IPA

hotboxcoffeeipabanner_editedOskar Blues Brewery (Longmont, Colorado) has officially announced that Hotbox Coffee IPA will arrive in March as the brewery’s new spring Seasonal.

To take their coffee-infused beer collaborations to another level, Oskar Blues Brewery and Hotbox Roasters have decided to move in a more hop-centric direction this time around with the creation of Hotbox Coffee IPA.  This new seasonal starts with an American India Pale Ale foundation built from notes of “pine, citrus and mango from Simcoe hops.” The beer is then dosed with cold brew extract made from Ethiopian coffee beans – “sourced from a family farm in the East African nation exclusively for this beer” – to impart added tones of “cream, blueberry and cocoa.”  This all results in a 7.2% ABV, coffee-laced hop bomb that truly makes “strange bedfellows of uppers and downers.”

“We believe the citrus and fruit aromatics of an IPA, derived from the intense hops, pair well with the fruit of the coffee to produce a great, flavor-packed beer,” said Tim Matthews, head of brewing operations at Oskar Blues Brewery. “The combination of coffee and hops in the Hotbox IPA serve to compliment and reinforce the delicious flavors and aromas both offer in this match up.”

Hotbox Coffee IPA will make its official debut at the following three, simultaneous release parties hosted by the taprooms of Oskar Blues:

If you cannot make it to the launch events listed above, do not fret because this offering will then be sent out for distribution beginning in March.  Hotbox Coffee IPA will be available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments in Alabama, Florida and the remaining 48 states that comprise the Oskar Blues distribution network.  Although this Spring Seasonal will officially be available until May, you should not expect this one to last long on the shelves of your local beer shop.  Grab ’em when you see ’em.  Prost!

Vital Information for Hotbox Coffee IPA from Oskar Blues Brewery

Release – Spring Seasonal, March to May 2017
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.2%
IBUs – 70
Featured Hop – Simcoe

Added Ingredients – Ethiopian coffee beans
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.oskarblues.com/beerFinder