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Sip—Don’t Smoke—Dark Matter’s Newest Coffee at Double Door

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As Dark Matter Coffee celebrates the release of its mind-altering April brew, make the most of the party with our drinks-and-music pairing guide.

“Devil’s lettuce” isn’t just the slang term your grandparents use for marijuana. It’s also Dark Matter Coffee’s seasonal blend for April. Named for founder Jesse Diaz’s band, Wild Jesus & The Devil’s Lettuce, the coffee combines beans from Sumatra and Burundi to conjure weed’s herbaceous aroma while remaining totally legal.

This year’s edition of Devil’s Lettuce will be released on (when else?) 4/20, with a band-filled launch event at the Double Door co-sponsored by Dark Matter, Brooklyn Brewery, and Half Acre. Before you take your first sip or order your first pint, listen to Dark Matter’s latest mix and check out this pairing guide for advice on which drinks—coffee or otherwise—work best with each act.

Dark Matter Coffee & Impala Sound Champions Present: The Devil's Lettuce by Dark Matter Coffee™ on Mixcloud

The Artist: The Drastics

The Drink: Half Acre’s Daisy Cutter

The Reason: The Drastics’ warm-weather dub vibes sync up well with Half Acre’s flagship beer, a sessionable pale ale that doesn’t skimp on the hops. Do daisies even grow in Jamaica?

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The Artist: Wild Jesus & The Devil's Lettuce

The Drink: Dark Matter Coffee’s Devil’s Lettuce

The Reason: Without the band and its free-to-be psych-funk jams, Diaz might not have gotten the idea for the coffee. And then there’d be no party. Who in their right mind would want that?

The Artist: Impala Sound Champions

The Drink: Brooklyn Brewing’s Brooklyn Brown Ale

The Reason: The brooding soundscapes of Impala Sound Champions can make you feel like you’re staring into the abyss. It’s a feeling that also comes from taking your last sip of Brooklyn’s roasted, malt-heavy favorite.

The Artist: Jason Brammer

The Drink: A glass of strange, glowing liquid from the robed figure in the back

The Reason: That guy by the bathroom said that if I drank this and looked at the painting I could—OH MY GOD THE WORLD IS MADE OF MATH.

Throw on your classiest tie-dye and party at Double Door on Sunday, April 20, at 6 p.m. 21+. Admission is free with RSVP.

Guide Staff Writer
BY: Tyler Clark