Inspired by the movie Man On A Mission. Created by Austin Beerworks. Fueled by Cuvée Coffee.

It began in 2011, when a group of passionate beer guys got together with some passionate coffee guys and made a plan to make history. As Austin Beerworks was looking to create a line of special release seasonal beers, the idea for Sputnik was born. Inspired by the movie Man on a Mission, it started with the base of a Russian Imperial Stout. Unable to choose between an Oatmeal or Coffee stout, they decided to make it as crazy and complex as possible and go with both.

Beer Guys Drink Coffee.
Looking for a coffee roaster that was as passionate and nerdy about coffee as they were about beer, enter Mike McKim and Cuvée Coffee. The ABW team visited the Cuvée roastery to learn all things coffee and experience the roasting process. They tasted a variety of coffees looking for those that had the flavor profiles that would help elevate their beer.


The 2019 Sputnik release came together at Cuvée Coffee Bar. A blind taste test of 6 different pour overs was presented and each taster slurped and scribbled their notes. In the end, the taste characteristics from 2 of the coffees stood out to offer both the body & chocolate notes they wanted but also a sweetness to enhance the beer. 

This custom 2019 Sputnik R.I.C.O. Stout Blend contains Cuvée Colombia roasted 2 different ways. Over 200 lbs of whole bean coffee was delivered to Austin Beerworks where it was freshly ground using a grain mill and a Dewalt drill (like you do) directly into the beer. The ABW brewing process opens up the aromatics without adding any harshness, delivering an intense coffee aroma and bold flavor that perfectly complements the silky oats and high alcohol.

Coffee Guys Drink Beer.
We are thrilled to continue to work with Austin Beerworks on this delicious collaboration every year. While we love coffee, it’s no secret that we also love beer. To be able to bring these 2 worlds together is always an exciting experiment for us. Sputnik has developed a bit of a cult following, and we are happy to be some of the first to bow down to the brewing gods for this beer. You can bet we’ll be drinking as much of this seasonal release as we can get our hands on, and we’re excited to be able to offer this custom Sputnik R.I.C.O. Stout Blend as our coffee for beer lovers.

Austin Beerworks Sputnik Parking Lot Cheers

As with all things that make us happy, we are throwing a party to celebrate this magical combination of oats, coffee and alcohol. Join us at Cuvée Coffee Bar on Saturday, December 21 from 11am to 7pm while enjoy all things Sputnik. We’ll have $3 Sputnik Pints, $5 Sputnik Crowlers, a special Sputnik themed BBQ menu by LeRoy and Lewis, prizes from YETI and more!

Sputnik Party Poster