There is some good news and some bad news for fans of Deep Ellum Brewing Co.’s Oak Cliff Coffee Ale.
According to head brewer Jeremy Hunt, the coffee brown ale brewed with cold-brewed coffee from Dallas-based Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters will be discontinued as a “semi-seasonal” beer in favor of continuing to use it as a base beer for barrel-aged specialty releases. Oak Cliff Coffee Ale is usually available for about six months out of the year starting in the fall, switching out with the Dallas-based brewery’s Neato Bandito Mexcan-style lager (6 percent ABV.)
“Our current plan is to have Oak Cliff become a specialty, barrel aged beer going forward,” Hunt wrote to Tenemu in an email. “We have a solid volume currently resting in Bourbon Barrels and we will release it in large format bottles when it’s ready. DEBC feels that by focusing on our Oak Cliff Coffee Ale as a Barrel Aged version, it would both allow for a little more room in our year ’round beers and give us the flexibility to add more to that line-up, while increasing our BA beer presence.”
Hunt told Tenemu that there is no time line in place at them moment for the release of the barrel-aged version of Oak Cliff Coffee Ale in bottles, and the brewery is weighing options on what, if anything, will replace the beer in Deep Ellum’s seasonal lineup.