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Starbucks’ new beer coffee

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The next time you swing by a Starbucks for a venti cup of morning energy, your order might taste a little bit like beer—more so than the typical roast and chocolate notes found in both coffee and stouts. That’s because the coffee chain’s test-marketing a new product with actual beer flavoring added to the brew. Dubbed the Dark Barrel Latte, the drink is “topped with whipped cream and dark caramel drizzle and incorporates a chocolaty stout flavored sauce,” a Starbucks spokesperson confirmed yesterday.

For now, Dark Barrel Latte’s only available throughout a handful of locations in Ohio and Florida. The company’s currently in the early stages of market research, and there’s no information about the future availability of drink (note to all of you in those markets: go buy a cup so the rest of us have a shot at trying the brew).

For those of us outside of Ohio and Florida, there’s still plenty of opportunity to sip where beer and coffee intersect. Check out:

• A roundup of some of our favorite coffee and beer bars
• A perfect coffee beer and breakfast pairing
• A crazy cocktail in Boston featuring Guinness, coffee liqueur, espresso, vanilla and a bunch of other ingredients
• A guide to the best places for beer and coffee in Kansas City
• A description of the upcoming Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout, available Nov. 28
• A whole bunch of recipes featuring coffee and beer, either as an ingredient or for pairing on the side.


Chris Staten is DRAFT’s beer editor. Follow him on Twitter at @DRAFTbeereditor and email him at chris.staten@draftmag.com.


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