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Big Hugs Release

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This year marks 10 years of Big Hugs Imperial Coffee Stout.

Every year we’ve brewed this beer looking to strike the cushy spot between strong and comfortable, an Imperial Drinking Stout, built for true
consumption.

The label provides a journey through all the friends and foes our fair kitten has met through the years, do you recognize them all? We look forward to celebrating with all of those who have traversed this trail with us.

NEW THIS YEAR:

  • we’re hosting Big Hugs at our Balmoral brewery.
    It’s a big day, and we have a big space, so come fill it up.

  • we canned the variants
    Vanilla in 4packs, Bourbon Barrel Aged in 2 packs, more info below.

There will be merch for your outsides, food and drink for your insides, Dark Matter Coffee, good feels and snacks. We look forward to this event every year, and hope you feel the same.

A note for Sunday:

Because we’re hosting this release at Balmoral, you will be able to hang inside. We plan on opening the garage door around 7am, so there hopefully won’t be too much outdoor line waiting. We do recommend you dress for the weather anyway.

We will be handing out numbered tickets equivalent to the number of full allotments available (specific number to come). If you have a numbered ticket that means you will be able to buy a full allotment. It does not mean you have to. If you are not in line when we hand out tickets, you will not receive one. Orders will be taken in numerical order. If you're not present when your ticket number comes up, you forfeit the right to your number. Do not get out of line because you got a ticket. If you show up ticketless in between two ticketed people, we will send you to the end of the line. Once we've received the last corresponding ticket number we will open up remaining full allotments to the rest of the line. Policing cutters is not our profession so please follow the rules and lets make this fun for everybody.

DETAILS:

  • release day: 12/02/17 at 11am

  • location: Balmoral Avenue brewery, 2050 W. Balmoral
     

  • BIG HUGS IMPERIAL COFFEE STOUT

    • 4pk 16oz cans: $19.99

    • limit 3 per person

    • no growler / howlers 

    • 10oz pour $6

       This year we chose a single coffee variety - Santa Petrona, bourbon, washed. It's from El Salvador. Dark Matter extracted it multiple ways - espresso shots (a coordinated effort across all of their locations to simultaneously pull enough shots at each location to fill a 1/6 bbl with espresso), french press, pour-over, and more. The coffee is brewed at super concentrated levels so the beer dilution is minimal upon its addition. We added the liquid at a total volume of 3% by volume of beer. Then, for the first time, we infused the beer on whole roasted beans of the same variety in our infuser.

      All in, this batch of Big Hugs is a bully reborn. 10% ABV and easy, balanced drinking ~ it's the imperial stout your pint glass fights for, with notes of dark fruit, smooth roast, and cocoa.

  • VANILLA BIG HUGS IMPERIAL COFFEE STOUT

    • 4pk 16oz cans: $21.99

    • limit 3 per person

    • no growler / howlers 

    • 10oz pour $6

      Vanilla Big Hugs is brewed for those with the sweet lean. The same base beer as original Big Hugs, the liquid coffee added was brewed in the style of Dark Matter's "Vanilla Suburbs" iced coffee, which has vanilla and cocoa added with the coffee grounds when it is extracted. We then conditioned the beer on madagascar vanilla beans. The woody-sweet of vanilla presents itself upon the cracking of the can, while the drinking experience is well integrated and smooth.
       

  • BOURBON BARREL AGED BIG HUGS IMPERIAL COFFEE STOUT

    • 2pk 16oz cans: $19.99

    • limit 3 per person

    • no growler / howlers 

    • 10oz pour $11

      Bourbon Barrel Aged Big Hugs, is in our opinion, in its finest form here in year three. The Big Hugs base recipe is tweaked to stand up to its time in wood, richer overall, with bigger mouthfeel and body, it's Hugs at its core and something altogether different at the same time. Aged 9 months in freshly emptied Willett bourbon barrels, we then added liquid coffee and infused the beer with whole bean coffee. For the liquid coffee Dark Matter conditioned green coffee beans in barrel-aged Hugs after it came out of the barrels. Then they roasted the coffee and extracted it into liquid that we added BACK into the beer. Cyclical ouroboros extraction theory.