Introducing Crowlers, and Cuvee’s Sputnik Coffee Beer

Chalk this one up on the long list of reasons I wish I lived closer to Austin, Texas.

Last week, the beer-and-coffee loving Mike McKim ”owner of Cuvée Coffee in Austin ”hosted a Sputnik Release Party at the Cuvée Coffee Bar. Sputnik is a coffee beer collaboration Mike created with Austin Beerworks; it’s an oatmeal stout that uses Cuvée Coffee as the primary ingredient.

Mike McKim works the taps at the Sputnik Release Party at Cuvée Coffee in Austin. Sputnik is an oatmeal stout made by Austin Beer works that uses Cuvée Coffee as the main ingredient.
Mike McKim works the taps at the Sputnik Release Party at Cuvée Coffee in Austin. Sputnik is an oatmeal stout made by Austin Beer works that uses Cuvée Coffee as the main ingredient.

So the party was already a big deal. But the debut of Crowlers made this night extra special. “Crowlers are one-use, recyclable 32-ounce cans that are filled and sealed on location,” says Michael Manes of Cuvée.

Crowler getting filled and sealed.
Crowler getting filled and sealed.
Custom label being created for a Crowler at the party last week.
Custom label being created for a Crowler at the party last week.

“Developed by Oskar Blues Brewery in Colorado last year, Crowlers ”Can plus Growlers ”are the sanitary and recyclable cousin to the growler,” continued Michael Manes. “Over the last year, the introduction of the Crowler has created a lot of excitement for beer lovers across the nation, and we’re excited to be the first to bring them to Austin.”

Clearly, beer and coffee lovers in Austin were happy with both the Sputnik and the Crowlers introduced at the Cuvée party last week.
Clearly, beer and coffee lovers in Austin were happy with both the Sputnik and the Crowlers introduced at the Cuvée party last week.

Hard to say what was a bigger hit at the party in Austin  last week ”the Sputnik or the Crowlers. Wait! It had to be Sputnik in  a Crowler ”of course!

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