Flat12 Bierwerks & Tinker Coffee Collaborate On Downtown Tinker Brown Cans

05 January 2017

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Local brewery, Flat12 Bierwerks and top Midwest roaster, Tinker Coffee Company have teamed up to create a new spring seasonal beer, Downtown Tinker Brown. Downtown Tinker Brown is a coffee brown ale brewed with milk sugar and the highest quality single-origin Colombian coffee beans roasted to perfection by the experts at Tinker Coffee. A bold aroma with subtle sweetness and notes of honey and spice complement the chocolate malt in this new "buzz beer." Coffee beers are predicted to trend in 2017 by sources like Bon Appetit magazine and Thrillist, and both craft businesses are excited for the release of this collaboration on draft and for the first time, in 12 oz six pack cans.

Downtown Tinker Brown is their first major collaborative package release, but Flat12 and Tinker Coffee Company have worked together in the past. In 2016, Tinker Coffee Company provided roasted coffee beans for a variation of Flat12's premium high gravity brew, Pinko Russian Imperial Stout. Flat12 aged their 2015 Pinko in rum barrels then infused it with Tinker Coffee Company's single-origin Nicaraguan coffee. The beer debuted in limited 22 oz bombers and quickly sold out at Flat12's 2nd Annual Christmas in July Beer Festival.

The name "Downtown Tinker Brown," created by Flat12 Head Brewer, Sean Lewis, references Flat12's partner, the beer style, and the fact that both businesses proudly reside in Downtown Indianapolis. Flat12 and Tinker Coffee Company find common ground in their expertise and commitment to quality in their respective craft industries and are excited to explore artisanal crossovers. 

"We met the guys at Tinker Coffee through mutual friends around their opening November 2014. We really liked their coffee so we paid them a visit and proposed trading for beer. That led to talks about creating some beers together. It's cool to be able to work with friends in different local industries and we're really looking forward to our first can release," said Flat12's Head Brewer Sean Lewis. 

The 12 oz cans will be on sale beginning January 6, 2017 at the newly opened
Square Cat Vinyl for their partnership First Friday event in Fountain Square, then on sale at the Indianapolis taproom and grocery and package stores around Central Indiana beginning January 7, 2017. Downtown Tinker Brown will make it's way down to Flat12's Kentuckiana taproom early January.

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