This Black Friday, there is more than one major craft beer being released.
For the first time, Firestone Walker Brewing Co. will be releasing bottles of Parabajava, an 14 percent ABV imperial stout that uses the Paso Robles, Calif.-based brewery’s popular Parabola (14 percent ABV) as its base before adding Intelligentsia Coffee Co.’s “El Diablo” espresso blend. The beer was was originally a draft-only option created for Firestone Walker’s Father’s Day brunch in 2013 held at Lot 613 in Las Angeles, Calif.
This is not the first time that Intelligentsia coffee has been used in a beer as Goose Island Beer Co.’s Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout (BCBS) (13.4 percent ABV) has incorporated it into its brews since 2010. Coincidentally, Goose Island releases BCBS annually on Black Friday. El Diablo was used in the 2013 draft-only version of Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout.
According to a post on Firestone Walker’s Instagram page, Parabajava will be packaged in 22-ounce bottles, and only 600 cases will be available when it goes on sale at both the main brewery in Paso Robles, Calif. as well as Barrelworks in Buellton, Calif. on Nov. 27. There will be a four bottle limit per person on Friday with a two bottle limit per person starting on Nov. 28.