If you have ever wanted to get a draft beer freshly-canned while stopping in for a coffee, you might want to head down to Austin.
Cuvée Coffee Bar is now selling crowlers of Sputnik, an 8 percent ABV Russian imperial coffee oatmeal stout brewed by Austin BeerWorks. The beer, which was first released in 2011, is brewed with Cuvée’s coffee as one of its primary ingredients. Mike Mckim, founder and ceo of Cuvée Coffee Bar, first learned about the unique choice while researching packaging options for his company’s nitro cans of Black and Blue cold-brewed coffee.
“We’ve been huge fans of the craft beer scene as long as we’ve been roasting coffee, so when I saw the Crowlers at their brewery, it seemed like a perfect fit for our Sputnik Release Party,” said Mckim in a press release. “We love Austin, we love big cans, we love Sputnik. And we love the idea of people enjoying fresh craft beer on the go. It was just the perfect scenario for us and ATX.”
Crowlers are a one-use 32-ounce cans that are sealed on location by a custom made machine. The recyclable cans and the machine that seals them were first developed by Longmont, Colo.-based Oskar Blues Brewery. As of August, Oskar Blues said they had sold around three dozens crowling machines to breweries and other businesses around the country.
Cuvée is the first in Austin to have a crowling machine, although not the first in Texas. There are two machines in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, one at Collective Brewing Project in Fort Worth and one at the newly-opened Lonestar Taps and Caps in Lewisville.