Sputnik Launched: A Coffee Oatmeal Stout Beer
Cuvée Coffee Roasting Company, Texas’ foremost coffee roaster, is partnering with two other local Austin businesses to premiere a one-of-a-kind beverage that is sure to be out of this world.
Cuvée and Austin Beerworks, a hometown brewery known for its exceptional craft beers, have joined forces to create Sputnik, a truly unique Russian imperial coffee oatmeal stout.
A dark, hearty beer combining the smoothness of an oatmeal stout and the rich bite of a coffee stout, Sputnik will make its draft debut during the Austin premiere of “Man on a Mission: Richard Garriott’s Road to the Stars” at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar on Jan. 20.
Sputnik drafts will also be available during additional screenings of the film on Feb. 1 at Alamo Drafthouse Village and on Feb. 9 at Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek.
Austin-based production company Beef & Pie Productions and local filmmaker Mike Woolf created the award-winning documentary “Man on a Mission: Richard Garriott’s Road to the Stars,” which chronicles Austinite gaming legend Garriott’s lifelong quest to become the first son of an astronaut to blast into space — a feat Garriott accomplished onboard a Soyuz rocket with the Russian space program.
“Mike Woolf told us about ‘Man on a Mission’ and someone suggested that, given the subject of the film, a Russian imperial stout would be a great beer to drink while watching the movie,” says Michael Graham of Austin Beerworks.
“It's a style of beer we all really enjoy and the film gave us a great excuse to make one of our own. We were torn between making an oatmeal stout and a coffee stout, so instead of arguing about it, we decided to do both. Cuvée was our first choice. We wanted to work with a company that was as passionate and nerdy about coffee as we are about beer. Cuvée fit the bill perfectly.”
Filmmaker Woolf, an avid coffee drinker, agreed that Cuvée would be a perfect coffee to integrate into the Sputnik beer, adding, “As soon as I heard Michael say Cuvée Coffee, I knew we were in good hands. We’ve admired their beans and their brand from the beginning.”
Cuvée Coffee is known for its roasted-to-order, sustainable, artisan blends, single-origin and estate coffees from South America, Central America and Africa. The premier coffee roaster in Texas, Cuvée has gained a reputation for providing only the highest quality coffee for its customers, and the creation of Sputnik is no exception
The beer will feature a coffee flavor distinct to Cuvée’s precision roasted beans, creating a beer experience unlike any other.
“We have a super cool project, an amazing story and a soon-to-be-amazing product to consume,” says Mike McKim, who founded Cuvée Coffee in 1998, and has grown the company to a thriving $1 million business.
“It is great to work with such a quality-focused, out-of-the-box local brewery like Austin Beerworks, and we’re very excited to debut Sputnik at the local premiere of ‘Man on a Mission.’ Great beer, great coffee and a great movie — what could be better?”
Offering more than a dozen coffees, as well as top-quality coffee equipment and training for baristas, Cuvée Coffee Roasting Company is located in the Texas Hill Country. For more information about Cuvée Coffee, the company’s partnership with Austin Beerworks and Beef & Pie Productions, please visit www.CuveeCoffee.com.