Coffee and beer, `the perfect marriage'

IT'S A new Tasmanian drink which mixes two popular vices - beer and coffee.

So it's no wonder Van Dieman Brewing's limited edition Dubbel Shot is selling out fast.

The Evandale microbrewery has collaborated with Launceston roaster Ritual Coffee to infuse a Belgian Abbey Dubbel brew with cold drip coffee.

Managing director Will Tatchell said the coffee and beer blended seamlessly to create ``the perfect marriage''.

``There's about 5 per cent coffee in each drink . . . and because it's a cold drip, it avoids the bitterness usually associated with coffee,'' Mr Tatchell said.

``You get the really nice hazelnut coffee aroma, and then when you get into the beer, the dubbel brew gives it a sweet, rich, malt style.''

Mr Tatchell said the beer, released in June, was the first in the brewery's ``mash up'' series.

``We're hoping to team up with other producers from Northern Tasmania and around the state to experiment with produce not typically used in beer production,'' Mr Tatchell said.

``If we can market each other's produce through a single item, it benefits us and it's a bit of fun.''

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