One of Stone Brewing Co.’s most popular seasonal releases will be hitting retailers shelves next week.
The beer is Xocoveza, an 8.1 percent ABV imperial milk stout brewed with English challenger and English East kent holdings hops as well as cocoa, coffee, chile peppers, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. First released in early 2014 packaged in 22-ounce bottles and added as a fall seasonal last year, the milk stout is based on the recipe of Chris Banker who won the 2014 Stone Homebrew Competition.
Last year, the Escondido, Calif.-based brewery released two different variations of the milk stout: Xocoveza Extra Añejo (12.2 percent ABV), which was aged in extra añejo tequila barrels that had previously held Bordeaux wine, and Xocoveza Charred (11 percent ABV), which was aged in oak bourbon barrels from Kentucky for seven months.
According to Stone’s marketing materials, the this year’s incarnation of Xocoveza will be packaged in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles and will begin to show up on retailer’s shelves nationwide starting on Monday, with bottles scheduled to be available through January 2017.