You’ve probably read this post’s headline a few times, yes? Cold-brew coffee. Nitro. Hard cider. (Don’t worry, it took us a minute to wrap our heads around it as well.) Schilling Hard Cider will debut Grumpy Bear, the first-ever nitro-carbonated canned cider, at the end of June. Upping its uniqueness, the cider is blended with cold-brewed coffee from Street Bean Roasters.
So, weird or delicious? Maybe both, but we’ll reserve judgment until we get a can of it in our hands in a few weeks. Schilling’s known for its flavored ciders—rhubarb, ginger, pomegranate—but coffee is an entirely new frontier.
“What seems like an unlikely pairing may just be so wrong it’s right,” reads Schilling’s press release. Maybe it’s just because we’re suckers for caffeine, but we’re curious about this flavor combo. The single-origin beans, imported by fair-trade GreenRoom, come from Hingakawa, a women’s co-op in Rwanda. They’re then roasted by Street Bean Coffee, a Seattle roaster that provides job training to at-risk youth. (Each batch of Grumpy Bear provides 500 training and work hours for young adults.)
The nitro can carbonation (which has made big inroads in the beer world) should result in a smooth, velvety pour; Schilling says the coffee cider “pours like a stout,” which we definitely want to see with our own eyes. Nitro-carbonated cold brew coffee itself has been A Thing for the past few years—cans are available from Cuvée Coffee and Stumptown—but this is certainly the first nitro can of coffee cider we’ve seen, and it’s yet another example of cider borrowing from the beer playbook.
If you get your hands on this before we do, let us know what you think. We’ll share our thoughts once we taste it.