According to labels filed with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), Stone Brewing Co. is bringing back Xocoveza, its Imperial stout inspired by Mexican hot chocolate.
The message on the reverse side of the bottle reads:
There’s nothing like making a beer so beloved that people feel compelled to campaign for its return. So, in the spirit of the holiday season, we are very pleased to give our fans the number one item on their wish lists. As illustrated by the avalanche of social media requests, that is Stone Xocoveza, an insanely delicious take on Mexican hot chocolate brewed with cocoa, coffee, pasilla peppers, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. First brewed in 2014 with San Diego homebrewer Chris Banker after his recipe won our annual homebrew competition, this imperial stout is layered with smooth roastiness, semisweet chocolate and a touch of spice. Thanks entirely to you, this creamy, mocha stout has gone from initially being a one-time offering to a yearly tradition. Happy holidays from all of us to all of you…and feel free to continue enjoying it long into the spring and summer, as this gem will age beautifully and is definitely not exclusive to the winter season!
Xocoveza 2017 will be 8.1 percent and will be packaged in 12-ounce bottles.
Both Stone’s Escondido, Calif. location and Richmond, Va. location are brewing and bottling Xocoveza 2017.
A release date has not yet been announced, but based on the wording on the label, it will likely be out this winter around the holidays.