What happens when you mix two of the best things ever invented together? The Espresso Cloud IPA, that’s what. Starbucks just introduced their first alcoholic beverage and I couldn’t be more excited! This incredibly delicious sounding drink is made of espresso and craft beer, so you can expect to get an instant caffeine rush while consuming.

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The Espresso Cloud IPA will be added to Starbuck’s Evenings menu and we can’t wait to try it.

This IPA beverage was created by Justin Burns-Beach who was a Starbucks barista in Phoenix for eight years before he moved to Seattle. He then started to work at the Starbucks Reserve® Roastery & Tasting Room in 2015. Working at the Roastery encouraged him to push boundaries, experimenting with drinks. That experience led him to apply for a yearlong assignment with the Research and Development department, supporting Global Beverage Innovation. The result of Justin’s coffee journey is the Espresso Cloud™ IPA and it is, as he puts it, “a truly interactive and unique beverage experience.”

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Inspired by the Shakerato, Espresso Cloud™ IPA is made using a similar technique. 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.