When I heard that Draught Horse Brewery in New Hudson was making a white stout, I was ecstatic. When I found out it was made with Michigan Cherry coffee from Biggby Coffee, I was over the moon. White stouts and the Michigan Cherry coffee blend are two of my favorite things, so for someone to make a beer using both, I had to see what it was all about.
It turns out that the Cherry White Stout was a collaboration brew between Draught Horse Brewery and the Biggby Coffee location in New Hudson. With business being a little slower in both locations due to COVID-19, the owners of the local Biggby, Karissa and Eli Canfield, had a brewing day at Draught Horse with their crew. They also brewed a vanilla porter using the Mocha Java beans from Biggby called Bigg MVP.
A white stout can be deceiving to the drinker. My first few go’s with white stouts always sent me for a loop because the color of the beer resembles a lighter beer style like a lager or pale ale. When you take a whiff of the beer, though, that’s when you know you’re in for a treat.
The Cherry White Stout was no different. Notes of coffee were strong on the nose and throughout the sip. With 27 IBUs the stout had a soft mouthfeel and was quite smooth. It definitely was a lighter stout at only 5.5% but the flavor was bold. I was happy that the beer was brewed with cocoa nibs because the strong acidic cherry taste in the coffee was smoothed out. The cherry taste did linger on the backend, which begged me to drink more. I’m thankful I picked up a growler. This brew exceeded my expectations regarding a white stout made with cherry coffee.
If you are looking for a solid white stout with cherry coffee check out Draught Horse Brewery in New Hudson. They have been rockstars throughout the state shutdown by being open every day from noon to 8 pm, having a full and accurate food and beer menus on their website, and having top-notch service with their phone orders and curbside service.