The National and Mikkeller to Release Reality Based Pils, More Beer News

July 20, 2018

By Sarah Freeman, July 20, 2018

Coffee beers are hardly a new phenomenon, but as the combination of beans and brew becomes more popular, brewers and coffee makers alike are cashing in on the trend. Enter Dunkin' Donuts, the latest coffee maker to throw its beans into the brew kettle.

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Beer and donuts might not be the most logical pairing, but don’t knock it until you try it, the folks over at Dunkin’ Donuts are saying. The national donut chain has partnered with Boston-based Harpoon Brewery to create the Dunkin’ Coffee Porter. The roasty beer is brewed with Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. Despite the familiar bright pink and orange label, maybe save this treat for after-hours. The “flavored malt beverage” is 6% ABV and will be released this fall. (VinePair)

The National and Mikkeller Made a Beer

The charming blue house that sits on the cover of The National’s most recent album, Sleep Well Beast, can now be found on a beer can. The band has collaborated with Mikkeller to produce Reality Based PIls. “After many years of drinking, tasting and brewing all sorts of different beer styles, I’ve kind of gone back to the roots. The only beer I have in my own fridge at the moment is pilsner, so making that style of beer for The National was an obvious choice,” says Mikkel Borg Bjergsø about the collaboration on the brewery’s blog. According to the National’s Aaron Dressner in that same blog post, “We like clear and crisp beers when we come off stage and need to cool down.” The beer will be available next month in all of Mikkeller’s bars and brewpubs. (Pitchfork)

The Dirty Heads and Four Sons Brewing Made a Beer

The National isn’t the only band getting into the beer game. The Dirty Heads have also announced their summer-friendly collaborative beer. The pineapple session ale brewed by Huntington Beach, California brewery Four Sons Brewing pairs perfectly with the band’s reggae and hip-hop undertones. The 5% ABV beer is called Vacation and will be released at the brewery on July 27. (The Full Pint)

The “Flint Michigan Tap Water” Beer No One Asked For

The beer industry is no stranger to offensive beer names and inappropriate packaging. While beers such as Pig Minds PD, or Panty Dropper, and Clown Shoes Tramp Stamp are meet with the appropriate amount of internet shaming and rage, once the smoke clears, another beer comes onto the scene that makes us shake our heads. Enter Lakeville Brew Crew, scheduled to open this fall in Lakeville, Indiana. Earlier this week, the brewery announced plans to feature a menu board full of purposefully provocative beers. Names included “Black Beer Matters,” “Mass Graves” and “Flint Michigan Tap Water,” because, “The way I look at it—with the ‘Flint Michigan Tap Water’—if you’re going to get mad about that beer name, you should focus your anger more toward the people that are letting that happen to Flint,” owner Jon Duncan told the South Bend Tribune. As of yesterday, they’ve backpedaled on those statements, with new plans to brew beers sans tone-deaf names. (Sound Bend Tribune)           

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