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Today is literally the sweetest national holiday of the year: National Doughnut Day. I know what you’re thinking, there’s no way that’s a real thing, but as highly suspect as it sounds, this is a real holiday. Every year doughnut shops across the country give out free donuts to celebrate. Unfortunately no free cronuts are being offered, but still, how sweet is that?

Today is also D-Day Remembrance Day, which was made official yesterday by President Obama. What you might not know is that National Doughnut Day also has its roots in wartime. Yes, this remarkable holiday is nearly a century old and dates back to World War I when Salvation Army volunteers offered doughnuts to soldiers during the war in Europe. American soldiers got a taste for these sugary fried pastry rings while fighting abroad and longed for them when they returned home. 

So doughnuts are great but what does this have to do with beer? Well thanks to the innovative brewing techniques employed by Evil Twin Brewing, we now have a doughnut beer for your celebratory drinking enjoyment. Imperial Doughnut Break takes the awesome flavors of their highly regarded Imperial Biscotti Break and pushes them to the limit with an additional blast of coffee, plus actual doughnuts as you can see from this photo on their Facebook page.

“This is happening as we speak” -Evil Twin Brewing

Evil Twin has a reputation for being controversial and trolling the wacky tastes of beer nerds by making crazy brews like their 17.2% Bozo Beer with molasses, lactose, chocolate, almond, hazelnut, vanilla bean, cinnamon, oak spiral, chili, marshmallow, muscovado sugar, chestnut and coffee. Imperial Doughnut Break only has coffee and doughnuts, but the flavors are truly there. Sure, it’s a crazy idea, but it works. You get a ton of coffee flavor with roasty espresso bitterness, a hint of vanilla (probably from the icing), a touch of chocolate and a sugary sweetness that’s pleasing without being cloying. This is a grand dessert beer that begs to be savored, it’s 11.5% ABV after all, and it’s the beer to crack open to honor one of the most celebrated pastries of all time.

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