Drink your doughnut—if you dare
At Voodoo Doughnuts, they say that good things come in pink boxes, but the same seems to be true of pink bottles. The iconic Portland, Oregon-based doughnut shop has collaborated with local, and equally beloved, brewery Rogue Ales to unleash the Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Grape Guerrilla into the world. It's a grape doughnut-flavored beer that's inspired by Voodoo's Grape Ape doughnut—a raised yeast doughnut topped with vanilla frosting, grape dust, and lavender sprinkles for that purple hue. This grape-flavored beer probably isn't for the faint of heart, but folks who steer clear of grape-flavored foods need not worry. “The beer is fantastic. It’s got a great grape essence and doesn’t taste like cough syrup," said president of Rogue Ales Brett Joyce in a press release sent to Extra Crispy. "It’s grape in a great way."
The collaboration between the two Oregon-based brands started six years ago, when Rogue approached the founders of Voodoo Doughnuts, Cat Daddy and Tres, to create a beer that tastes like one of their famous doughnuts. And according to Beer Street Journal, this new grape doughnut-inspired beer is actually the sixth beer in a long-standing doughnut series. So in addition to the brand new Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Grape Guerrilla, there's a Voodoo Doughnut Mango Astronaut Ale available on shelves now; that beer is inspired by the Voodoo Mango Tango doughnut, which comes filled with mango jelly and topped with Tang.
In the past, Rogue has crafted and sold a Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry, and Chocolate Ale; a Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate, Banana, and Peanut Butter Ale; and a Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon Ale. Rogue even makes a Voodoo Bacon Maple Vodka, also inspired by the Portland doughnut chain's infamous Maple Bacon Bar.
The Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Grape Guerrilla is available nationwide this month, so if you're ready to take a swig of this sweet ale, check the Rogue Ales website for locations—and keep an eye peeled for that bright pink bottle.