Dunkin' Donuts Releases a Solstice Beer

For the darkest day of the year, a dark, roasted coffee brew.

By Ethan L. Johns
December 20, 2017

Image: Dunkin' Donuts

Winter is coming on Thursday, and the season of darkness will reach its peak. The 21st is the longest day of the year, when Seasonal Affective Disorder grasps us and leaves us begging for a little more light. However will we make it through the day?

Dunkin’ Donuts had an idea: if beer has been proven to boost our moods and coffee can keep us awake even when our circadian clocks are telling us to sleep, why not mix the two for a rich happiness brew with a nutty, creamy finish?

Especially for the solstice, Dunkin’ Donuts is partnering with Wormtown Brewery in Worcester, Massachusetts, to make the DDark Roasted Brew—the first beer to be officially brewed with roasted coffee beans from Dunkin’. The beer will be available on tap exclusively at the Wormtown Brewery’s tap room, and pours will begin after a ceremony at 11:28 a.m.—the exact moment of the solstice. Customers will also be able to try out doughnut pairings that complement the beer.

The brewery, in conjunction with a local Dunkin’ franchise, will be donating a total of $11,500 of the proceeds to the Worcester Food Bank.

"We couldn't be more excited to partner with Dunkin' Donuts on our latest beer," said Scott Drake, Wormtown Brewery’s head brewer. "We're confident this beer is going to be an instant favorite for New Englanders this holiday season, and the fact that we're able to give back to Worcester-area families through this partnership just makes it that much better."

If you’re in the area, get there early—the first 100 customers get a special gift bag, no doubt filled with all sorts of Pagan goodies. Plus, if it’s the shortest day of the year, it’s also the longest night of the year—which means that day drinking is more acceptable than ever (as if you really needed to justify it).

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns