Origin – United States of America
Size- 355mL can
There’s always plenty of talk about global beer consumption, which is not surprising given we drink just over 200 billion tinnies every year. With a population of 7.8 billion, that’s a tidy figured. But a less know consumption figure is our morning drink of choice, coffee. Worldwide we sip our way through a fraction under 10 billion expressos, cappuccinos, macchiatos and flat whites. That means we’re stopping for 1 coffee for every 20 beers we enjoy. Now it may have been Travis Kalanick, the founder of Uber, that said out loud ‘Every problem has a solution. You just have to be creative enough to find it’, however, I’m sure it’s exactly what Tim Matthews, the head brewer of Oskar Blues was thinking when they came up with the plan to launch a beer brewed using coffee beans. I’m reliably told during the brainstorming session the words ‘problem-why do we need to stop a for coffee’ were scrawled across the top of a whiteboard. And what a creative, obvious and remarkably tasty solution it was from Tim and the team at Oskar Blues who brought you the souped-up Dale’s Pale Ale. And while it’s not only Tim who devised a plan to call upon coffee’s bold, rich flavours in an imperial stout or porter, in the release of the Hotbox Coffee Porter (we’ve seen plenty of collaborations between craft brewers and artisan coffee roasters) he is the only one who’s taken coffee-infused beer to another level, proving it can work in lighter styles of beer as well, such as the case with this Hotbox Coffee IPA. Word is that after a Simcoe-heavy IPA is brewed and fermented, it’s blended with a cold-brew extract made exclusively from Ethiopian beans by Hotbox Coffee, which just so happens to roast their beans at the same Oskar Blues’ facility. Imagine drinking a carbonated, citrus-and-cherry-forward cold brew coffee with a soft, lingering bitterness at the end- that’s what you get in this golden coloured Hotbox. It plays up those fruity notes of the coffee while never letting you forget that you’re sipping away on an IPA, with citrusy hops and sharp bitter finish. I’d seriously consider waking up with a glass of this, though at 7.2 percent alcohol by volume, I’d save it for a day when I didn’t have to rush to work. In case you were wondering, it’s the Czechs who take home the crown seal for the world’s biggest beer drinkers, knocking back 142.4 litres per person each year …that’s the equivalent of 250 pints – or one every 35 hours!