The second collaboration between Oskar Blues Brewery and Hotbox Roasters will begin shipping to retailers next month.
The new beer is Hotbox Coffee IPA, a 7.2 percent ABV IPA brewed with Simcoe hops and “an infusion of Hotbox Roasters cold brew extract made from Ethiopian beans” sourced from Longmont, Colo.-based Hotbox Roasters, according to marketing materials. The two companies previously released a draft-only coffee IPA collaboration in August 2016 named Whole Lotta Love IPA that came in at 7.8 percent ABV.
In addition, Oskar Blues and Hotbox Roasters released Hotbox Coffee Porter (6.4 percent ABV) for the first time in late 2015 and again in September 2016, a porter that is brewed with cold-extracted coffee produced from Burundian and Ethiopian beans.
In an email, Chad Melis, marketing director for Oskar Blues, told Tenemu that Hotbox Coffee IPA will be packaged in 12-ounce cans and is scheduled to be shipped to retailers across the brewery’s entire distribution footprint aiming “for March 1st delivery, full national distribution by 4/1 most likely.” While the Austin, Texas, Brevard, N.C. and Longmont, Colo. locations will be producing the beer to be served on draft at their respective taprooms and local accounts, only the brewery in Colorado will be producing the beer that will be packaged in cans.