Longmont, Colorado-based Oskar Blues Brewery is bring back a seasonal cult favorite, Death by Coconut Irish Porter, a malty brew that with the flavors of bittersweet cacao and creamy coconut.
The limited release makes its 2019 arrival with kickoff events in taprooms Aug. 23. Death By Coconut will be nationally distributed in 4-packs of 12-oz. cans and on draft beginning in early September.
“We sought a flavor combination that would pair perfectly with the robust but not overbearing backbone of an Irish Porter,” said Juice Drapeau, head brewer at the Oskar Blues pilot brewery in Lyons, Colorado. “The smooth, malty base of Death by Coconut gives the cacao and coconut additions a chance to come through and steal the show.”
Oskar Blues didn’t need to travel far to find a cacao partner for Death By Coconut. Boulder-based Cholaca specializes in pure liquid cacao, made from cacao, water and coconut sugar.
“We are thrilled to be an integral ingredient in DBC again this year,” said Cholaca Founder and CEO Ira Leibtag. “Cholaca is not only easy to use and consistent from batch to batch but it also allows Oskar Blues to produce large volumes of this amazing porter. We are proud to be a part of it.”
In Death By Coconut, intense, bittersweet Cholaca chocolate mixes with desiccated coconut and a malt bill of dark chocolate and extra-dark caramel malts. The result is a smooth, semi-sweet treat of a beer, the brewer says.