The Minneapolis-based Bad Larry’s crew—who are bravely pioneering the commercial hard coffee business in the Midwest with plans to expand beyond—is led by an actual, factual “Bad Larry,” Larry Abernathy. He created the brilliant new beverage with Blackeye Roasting Co. and local Minneapolis bar owner and Bad Larry’s co-inventor, Matty O’Reilly, who pointed out to Draft Magazine, “I couldn’t believe it hadn’t been done before.” He went on to add, “I really see this [as an] opportunity to replace a vodka-Red Bull at 9 p.m.” The coffee clocks in at 6 percent ABV with 180 mg of caffeine. For comparison, an 8-ounce can of Red Bull contains just 83 mg of caffeine, so O’Reilly might be onto something.
As of right now, not much is known about how Bad Larry’s actually makes its spiked cold brew. We know that it is made with Blackeye coffee, cane sugar and malt, and lightly carbonated with gases like nitrogen—but that’s about it.
Bad Larry’s might be America’s first spiked cold brew, but over in the UK another company is looking to make their mark in the boozed up coffee industry. Baileys is launching their own spiked iced coffee cans across the pond, clearly indicating that prepackaged Irish Coffee is a global matter of necessity. Finally, beverage makers everywhere are waking up to our simultaneous needs for coffee and booze. Sunday mornings are about to get a whole lot better—and a lot more efficient.