I had my first Stumptown “stubby" today at the Ace Hotel cafe. It was the first day they were available in New York (as far as I know), and as a frequent consumer of Stumptown’s cold brew, I was excited to try it. As a first impression, it left something to be desired. I assume the recipe is still being tinkered with as they adapt to the bottling of their cold coffee. It tasted more like what I’d expect the un-diluted coffee concentrate to taste like - thick and bitter, lacking the naturally occurring sweetness of cold brewed coffee. As a side effect, you can’t really drink it out of the bottle, which I think kind of defeats the purpose of the bottles (which, I must say, are aesthetically delightful). In its current form, it must be consumed over ice for maximum enjoyment. I even added a little cream, a step I rarely take with true cold brewed coffee.
I don’t doubt that Stumptown will get it figured out. And, as the stubbies have replaced the in-house toddy brew, I’ll continue to drink it. However, I have to admit that this first impression was slightly disappointing.