Double Shot is one of our proudest creations. If I were asked to make a list of the best three Tree House beers, Double Shot would be on it.
Born from a wildly creative period in our history, in the corner of a red shed in Monson in early 2014, it has since gone through several evolutions to sharpen its focus and clearly define its flavor profile.
We have worked with over a dozen roasters in this time - Gracenote, Carrier, Verve, Counter Culture, Olympia, Stumptown, Red Barn, and more - and each one brought their own unique personality, intrigue, and individuality to varied batches of Double Shot. Many left an indelible mark on our palates - Finca El Puente Honduras, Sumatra Mandheling, Panama Elida Estate, Colombia El Jordan, Burundi Buckeye. Each successive batch gave us a better understanding of how cupped coffee ultimately translates into the base beer for Double Shot.
Today it’s no secret we are roasting our own coffee. We are doing so because we have learned that controlling variables leads to a better, more distinctive, and more consistent outcome. And we are doing so because, after years of focused learning, we have a deep understanding of how a roast will ultimately translate into a finished beer.
A great bean and a great roast for coffee brewing does not always make a great roast for coffee beer - this is an important insight and one that often goes overlooked. Double Shot features coffee chosen by Tree House and roasted specifically for it to bring out the most enjoyable, integrated, and harmonious coffee notes.
The intent of Double Shot is to pack as much fresh coffee, dark chocolate, and balanced sweet malt character into the beer as humanly possible while maintaining a fluffy drinkability that does not become burdensome to your palate as you drink it. Achieving this level of flavor is easy as you boost alcohol content - the magic of Double Shot is that it’s only 8.2% and carries the flavor of a beer 11% or greater.
Double Shot speaks to both our desire for great beer and for great coffee. You don’t have to be a connoisseur of either to smile from ear to ear when you drink it.
Now in cans, we recommend you keep Double Shot cold and drink it as fresh as possible. You will find it becomes more straight chocolate syrup-like over time with extended conditioning, and that’s OK too. Regardless of your preference, keeping it at cellar temperature will make it worse - keep it refrigerated at all times.
Thank you, and enjoy!