Stone Brewing Co.’s popular stout inspired by the flavors in Mexican hot chocolate is now on shelves around the country.
The beer in question is Xocoveza Mocha Stout 2020, a 8.1 percent ABV milk stout brewed with English challenger and English East kent holdings hops as well as cocoa, pasilla peppers, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, lactose, coffee and chocolate. First released in 2014, the stout was last seen in September 2019 and is based on the recipe of Chris Banker, who won the 2014 Stone Homebrew Competition.
Stone joined forces with two different companies for the integral ingredients in this year’s release: Ritual Coffee, “a fully independent, woman-owned roasting company” supplied the Brazilian Sítio Cafe Forte coffee, while Belyzium Craft Chocolate, an “artisan bean to bar chocolate producer dedicated to organically grown, sustainably sourced cacao from Belize” supplied the chocolate.
“We trialed some new coffees from a few suppliers for this year’s Stone Xocoveza,” said Steve Gonzalez, senior manager of brewing and innovation – small batch at Stone, in a press release. “The clear standout was Sítio Cafe Forte, a Brazilian coffee roasted by Ritual. The chocolate notes of the beans piqued our interest, and when we pilot brewed the beer with this coffee, the results really blew us away. Ritual is a company that has a well-deserved reputation not only for quality, but also sustainable sourcing and a commitment to diversity.”
According to Stone Brewing, Xocoveza Mocha Stout 2020 is packaged in six-packs of 12-ounce cans as well as 22-ounce bottles that are at retailers nationwide starting today.