Sudwerk Brewing Co. to Release 3 Best Friends

DAVIS, Calif. — On Valentine’s Day, Sudwerk Brewing Co. will release 3 Best Friends, a smooth dark coffee-infused lager that pairs perfectly with the season.

The balanced, dark lager gets its name from the ideal infusion of three ingredients: locally roasted coffee from the Pepper Peddler, Madagascan vanilla beans and cacao nibs. Sudwerk brewed a chocolate malt lager, the Dunkel, as its base beer. This brew is the second release in a series of Experimental West Coast Lagers, and is part of Sudwerk’s quest to redefine the American lager. The brew contains 7.0% ABV and 20 IBU.

3 Best Friends has a fresh, bright, roasted coffee aroma with a rich, toasty cocoa beginning. Its light mouthfeel finishes smooth, with a hint of vanilla. It has all of the chocolate and roasty flavors of a stout or porter, with the smooth, fast finish of a lager.

A limited-release, 3 Best Friends will be available starting Feb. 13, in 22-ounce bottles and on draft the brewery’s taproom, The Dock Store, 2001 Second St., Davis. It will also be on draft at several events and select accounts throughout Sacramento and Davis during Sacramento Beer Week, Feb. 22 through March 9.

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Building on nearly 25 years of family legacy and brewing tradition, Sudwerk Brewing Co. specializes in artisanal craft brews, specifically West Coast craft lagers. Its taproom, The Dock Store, at 2001 Second St., Davis, Calif., is open from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, and 4 to 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. It offers a rotating menu of experimental and innovative beers, “honest pints” and growler fills, fresh White Labs brewers’ yeast, and good conversation.