Yes, you read that correctly.
And if you really think that this beverage cannot possibly be happening, just read the title again.
I think I’ve made it absolutely no secret that I’m a particular fan of 3 Daughters in St. Petersburg. They have a wonderful, inventive brewery without having the annoying penchant for ultra rare whales and excessive beer snobbery. They’re just the neighborhood brewery that makes a good product and has a relatively strong statewide presence.
But they also recently started making cider, which made me very happy and made my wife much happier (she being the big cider fan in the family). So yes, my wife was in St. Pete, told me about how awesome the Iced Coffee Cider (Cider, 5.5% ABV) cider was, and so I very quietly requested that she and 3 Daughters bring me back a crowler.
I’d also like to mention that my wife is the one who took this photo, so I will give credit where it is so richly deserved.
So let’s describe what an iced coffee cider tastes like. If you haven’t yet, go out and get the 3 Daughters cider to get a feel what their cider tastes like. It’s got a good medium sweetness to it with a slight, tangy tartness, it’s really fantastic.
Now think about drinking a cup of coffee. You’ll notice that when you drink coffee, you’ve got a cherry sort of sweetness, mixed with a medium roasted darkness, mixed with a slightly bitter tang. With this cider, you get around 65% of that cherry-ish sweetness, maybe 15% of each one of the other notes, and the rest could be creamer before you realize it’s just the apple sweetness playing with all those flavors.
I’ll tell you, it’s an odd and very unknown flavor profile, but they made it work. It really does take the coffee loving penchant that breweries tend to have and brings it someplace completely unexpected. It’s a fantastic beverage, and one well worth seeking out.
Don’t worry, the coffee porters will still be there when you get back.
Drink Florida Craft,