The Funky Buddha Brewery ale that was “inspired by the classic Puerto Rican holiday drink” is now on the way to retailer’s shelves.
That creation is Coquito 2020, an 12 percent ABV imperial cream ale brewed with cinnamon, coconut, lactose sugar, vanilla, and aged inside of Caribbean rum barrels. The profile of the new beer was inspired by the traditional coconut-based Christmas beverage of the same name that originated in Puerto Rico.
Coquito 2020 joins this year’s Mixology Series, the members of which recreate “classic cocktails by using alternate fermentables, natural ingredients, and barrel-aging techniques” and include:
- Old Fashioned — Ale brewed with barley, rye, and corn before being aged inside High West bourbon barrels and finished with orange peel and cherries
- Paloma — Tequila barrel-aged tart ale brewed with grapefruit, lime, agave, and sea salt
- Coquito — imperial cream ale brewed with cinnamon, coconut, lactose sugar, vanilla, and aged inside of Caribbean rum barrels
According to a post on Funky Buddha’s Instagram page, Coquito 2020 is packaged in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles that are available at the brewery now and that are also currently shipping to retailers across the brewery’s distribution network.