Uptown Metropolitan Market is celebrating their 10th anniversary with a unique beer brewed just for them: Pike Vita Blonde Coffee Ale. The Pike Vita is a collaboration ale between Pike Brewing and Caffé Vita in honor of Metropolitan Market. The Pike Vita Blonde Coffee Ale was released October 21, 2016 and is now available in 22 oz bottles at Metropolitan Markets for only $4.99.
Pike Brewery and the Uptown Metropolitan Market heralded the release of Pike Vita Blonde Coffee Ale with a beer tasting and food pairing. The chefs at Metropolitan Market braised bratwurst in the Pike Vita Blonde Coffee Ale, then served it on toast with Pike’s award winning Stout Mustard. No surprise, that it was wonderful paired with the Pike Vita. In addition, they were offering pretzels made in the Metropolitan bakery, served with a tasty cheese sauce made with Beecher’s cheese and Pike’s Kilt Lifter Scotch ale. The Kilt Lifter Scotch ale was also being poured as a sample to taste. Cheese samples from Metropolitan Market’s extensive cheese selection were also being offered, because no self respecting beer tasting would be without cheese!
This is Pike Brewing’s second beer-coffee collaboration with Caffé Vita. Caffé Vita is the house coffee for both Pike and Met Market. Pike Brewing has a tradition of working with smaller urban companies and has an established relationship with them. Stout beer brewed with coffee is the classic combination but they wanted to create something unique for Metropolitan Market’s 10th anniversary. Together, they tasted with by the eyedropper full of different coffee roasts with different beers before deciding on the blend of the Pike Blonde Ale brewed with the Caffé Vita del Sol medium roast.
It works out to five pints of beer to 18 oz of coffee. You can definitely get a bit of hit of caffeine from this beer. One third of the coffee or 10 pounds of coffee goes into the bright tank in a 30 barrel batch for the aromatics. Another 20 pounds of coffee goes into a 30 barrel batch as a dry hop. It is the coffee that creates the bitterness and finish in this beer, not the hops.
The Summit and Cascade hops play such a minor role in this beer, I couldn’t distinguish them. This blonde ale is pale amber color instead of the watery yellow of most blondes, I imagine due to being brewed with coffee. Being poured into the tiny sample glass, it had a minimal head and aromatics. Stirring it with a toothpick helped that and again I got more aromatics than one would expect from most blondes. The coffee aromas were present but not overwhelming. I knew I was going to be drinking a happy hour beer, not morning coffee. A hint of malt of sweetness before the astringency of the coffee kicks in.
Bottles of the Pike Vita Blonde Ale are available at all six Metropolitan Markets and a limited supply at the Pike Brewery. The Pike Vita Blonde Ale is available on draft at Pike Brewery and at a few restaurants associated with Caffé Vita.
What do you think of the Pike Vita Blonde Coffee Ale?