Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin' and Harpoon Brewery, Boston, have come together for the first time to combine the taste of Dunkin's Espresso Blend Coffee with Harpoon's craft beer. Harpoon Dunkin' Coffee Porter features a balanced and smooth brew offering robust and roasted notes, the company says. Dunkin' Coffee Porter was created by Harpoon as a tribute to the help that Dunkin' offered the brew-masters in firing up the brew kettle, it adds.

Harpoon Dunkin' Coffee Porter will be available throughout the fall, in 12-ounce bottles and draft at select retail locations across the Eastern United States. At 6 percent alcohol by volume, Dunkin' Coffee Porter is a malty tasting brew that has a smooth mouthfeel with aromas of espresso and dark chocolate. The new brew pairs perfectly with fall favorites like hearty stews, seasonal desserts, tailgating and, of course, Dunkin's doughnuts, the companies say.

Harpoon Dunkin' Coffee Porter first premiered last Sept. 27 at Dunk-toberfest, the aptly named introduction to Harpoon's annual Octoberfest event. Beer lovers in the Boston area were given an early taste at Harpoon's Boston Brewery ahead of the new beer hitting shelves this week.

Tony Weisman, Dunkin' U.S. chief marketing officer, stated: "Our brands have such passionate, loyal fans, who start their busy day with a cup of Dunkin' coffee and end it by enjoying one of Harpoon's famous craft beers. We're thrilled to now finally bring the two together, partnering with one of the most respected craft breweries in the country to offer coffee lovers and beer enthusiasts alike a classic new taste to celebrate the season."

Dan Kenary, chief executive officer and co-founder of Harpoon Brewery, added: "Dunkin' has been there for us since the early days when getting the brewery up and running required a lot of beer, and even more coffee. We couldn't think of a better way to pay tribute to the company that's helped fuel our success than to create something special for our fans by combining the taste of their favorite morning brew with one of ours."