Coeur d’Alene Brewing Company – VB Stout – Like most stouts, the VB Stout is a dark, rich beer with plenty of coffee and chocolate tones. In addition to most stouts, however, we add the distinct taste of organic vanilla and the essence of bourbon to make a complex beer with a symphony of flavor and a wide range of notes. Starting from a secret batch based on our long-time stout recipe, retired Head Brewer Laurie Kraus created this beer as a one-keg, one-time treat for our brewery Christmas party nearly fifteen years ago. Re-created annually by popular demand, this stout eventually replaced our traditional stout on a year-round basis. We could use more words, but really, the best way to understand this beer is to take a sip. O.G. 14.8 / I.B.U. – 55 / A.B.V. – 5.6%
All of our beers are made with regional ingredients – water from the Spokane aquifer, grains from the region and malted just north of the border, hops from the Yakima Valley and yeast originated in Oregon. Each one is hand-crafted in our downtown brewery and is the result of years of tasting, testing and experience. We love making beer, talking about beer and, yes, drinking beer.