Resurrected from extinction: The Dodo does not refer to the bird, but to our 5% ABV Steam Beer. This style is commonly referred to as a California Common, which perfectly suits the laid back, island vibe at the local eatery Coffee & Coconuts
Coffee & Coconuts (CT) is a café-restaurant-bar in the former ‘Ceintuurtheater’ in Amsterdam. It’s a happening spot to enjoy the most delicious coffees and home-made food from early morning till late each evening. Given the opportunity to collaborate with CT, we dove in without hesitation. Why? Like us, they only work with top quality ingredients and products.
Compared to Mama, we tailored this brew to be a little less bitter and contain fewer hops. This led us to create the refreshing character of a lager with a smooth body of an ale, also known as a California Common.
We’ve resurrected the Dodo at CT because the venue evokes images of spare time, relaxation and getting back to nature. For us, CT is a sort of natural habitat hidden in the bustling urban jungle. It’s a place where you can rediscover yourself by imbibing novel, tasty products. The logo combines a feather, a surfboard and a tribal tattoo in one striking image that evokes the feel of this Amsterdam venue. Here, the Dodo is no longer extinct!
The concept for Dodo came about after a tasting session with people from the local hotspot Coffee & Coconuts. They gravitated towards lagers and more malty IPAs that weren’t overly hoppy. Hence we landed on a California Common – the perfect hybrid between an ale and a lager.
We wanted to make an amber beer that showcased colored malts without making it sticky and sweet, so we added just enough hops for bittering, flavor and aroma. The legendary Anchor Steam Beer was the inspiration for our California Common. Like Anchor Steam Beer, the malt bill consists of a couple of varieties of caramelized and toasted malts. The resulting beer has the drinkability of a lager, but with a fuller body like an ale.
Cascade hops – known for its grapefruit flavor – is used throughout the boil and bit more for dry hopping. We decided to add Cascade hops because it is a bit more expressive than Northern Brewer hops, which are supposedly used in Anchor Steam beer. We add extra hops in the kettle to increase the bitterness, but also at the end of the boil to push the hop flavor further. Then we use Cascade again as dry hops to intensify the grapefruit aroma.
This beer is fermented with the California Lager yeast strain and at mid-range temperatures (15-16O C). At these temperatures – which represents the middle ground between ale and lager fermentation temperatures – the yeast produces the right amount of flavor and body, but the resulting beer is still dry and clean enough so that the malts and hops shine through.
Malts | Pilsner Malt, Münchener Malt, Caramel Malts, Amber Malt
Hops | Cascade
Yeasts | California Lager Yeast