We all know that feeling of driving to grandma’s house and knowing she’ll have all sorts of delicious and sweet desserts waiting for you. Our new, small-batch, limited-release Grandma Van’s Candy Cane Stout channels all of your favorite memories with rich flavors of coffee, chocolate, and peppermint – you’d think your grandma was on the brew deck making the beer herself.
Grandma Van’s Candy Can Stout was an idea originally brought to us by our long-time friends at Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom. Director of Craft Beer Sales, Matt Poffel, was looking for a beer to add to their Holiday Mini Tour. One of Matt’s favorite beers is our Son of a Baptist Coffee Stout & adding peppermint seemed like a natural way to riff on our classic favorites.
“Matt and I were catching up at an Old Chicago location soon after they re-opened following being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Regional Sales Manager Nate Levi. “We both loved the idea of a peppermint and coffee stout but now I had to go and get the brewers to sign on to making it. I thought about a dessert my Grandma Van used to make with chocolate, peppermint, and marshmallows as a reference point for the beer Matt and I had in our heads. Grandma Van passed away in 1994, but I’ll always remember that dessert.”
Director of Brewing Operations Jordan Schupbach and his team went to work on a beer recipe to combine the robust coffee flavors of Son of a Baptist Coffee Stout with peppermint dessert. Grandma Van’s Candy Cane Stout features rich, chocolatey flavors from dark roasted malts, peppermint and coffee from Novo Coffee in Denver, CO. At an approachable 6% ABV, this beer will keep you coming back for more.
Grandma Van’s Peppermint Stout will be available on draft exclusively at Old Chicago locations in Colorado and beyond for the Holiday Mini Tour starting on November 17th. A limited run of 16oz, 4-pack cans will start shipping from the brewery to select markets in November. So, skip the decaf and dessert and head to Old Chicago or your local beer shop to grab a Grandma Van’s Coffee Stout. Raise a glass, or a can, to grandmas everywhere!