The newest beer in Avery Brewing Co.’s most popular series is named after the Aztec God of lighting and death.
The 37th release in the Avery Barrel-Aged Series will be Xolotl, an 11.4 percent ABV stout brewed with cacao nibs, vanilla beans sourced from both Madagascar And Mexico; red, black and brown chipotle chiles, ancho chiles, pasila chilies and ceylon cinnamon before being aged in bourbon barrels.
“The name is an homage to Thoma Ledder (TL), our Barrel Romancer who came up with this beer many years ago,” said Avery spokesperson Jess Steinitz, in an email with Tenemu. “He originally made it as a Tap Room Rarity called Mayan Goddess, a similar beer with the same adjuncts that wasn’t barrel-aged. When we aged it in Bourbon barrels, the name transformed from Mayan Goddess to Xoxotl, our way of hugging and kissing TL for coming up with this delicious Mexican hot chocolate of a beer! We then discovered that the name Xolotl was the Aztec god of lightening, which just fit perfectly with this chile beer!”
According to Steinitz, Xolotl will be packaged in 12-ounce bottles ($12) with a one case limit when it is released in May, and the beer will see limited distribution after that.
Update (March 25, 2016) — This post was updated to include details on the release date, pricing information and brewing history. It was originally published on March 20, 2016.