You'll no longer have to choose between a coffee and a beer when out and about, thanks to Starbucks.
The world-renowned coffee chain has just debuted a coffee-infused beer called Espresso Cloud IPA as part of their limited "Starbucks Evenings" menu, available at approximately 440 locations nationwide. Find a location near you right here.
The first technical cocktail on the menu—which already includes beer, wine and small plates—the Espresso Cloud IPA was created by Justin Burns-Beach, currently a member of the company's research and development team and previously at Starbucks' Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room in Seattle.
Starbucks explains how the drink, which took a year's worth of research to perfect, is made:
"Espresso is shaken over ice with orange pieces and a touch of sweet vanilla. Shaking the espresso produces a rich cloud of micro-foam with accents of citrus and vanilla. The foam is layered on top of a freshly poured IPA, and the beer is served with the cold-shaken espresso shot on the side. It’s a beautiful presentation with a fun twist, as pouring the shot over the beer creates a tantalizing, layered waterfall of espresso and craft beer in the glass."
Burns-Beach talks about his creation in this introductory video: