I was told by the Coastal Empire Beer Company staff about a beer from Stone called Xocoveza that I just had to try. I was pretty bummed when I called Habersham Beverage (Savannah, Georgia, USA) to find out that they were already sold out and more than likely not getting any more. Then yesterday (1/14/2016) I came across a Facebook post from Wild Wing Cafe (Savannah, Georgia, USA) telling people to check out their live beer list and sure enough Xocoveza was on their and on nitro!
Refusing to miss out on this opportunity, I went and got dinner at Wild Wing Cafe last night with my cousin Courtland. It was all about the beer, but I’ll talk a little about the food anyway. For my entrée, I got the single order of wings which came with 10 wings, 2 flavors, 1 dip, and celery. For my flavors I chose Honey Lime Sriracha (the 2014 Battle of the Bones Champion) and Flaming Parmesan; and ranch for my dip. I also got an order of fries.
Now onto the beer! Chris Banker/Stone/Insurgente’s Xocoveza Mocha Stout is an 8.1% alcohol by volume (ABV) chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, chile pepper and coffee-infused Milk Stout brewed in collaboration with Chris Banker (winner of the Stone Homebrew Competition); Iván Morales, brewmaster at Cervecería Insurgente (Baja California, Mexico); and Mitch Steel, brewmaster at the Stone Brewing Company (Escondido, California, USA).
Chris Banker/Stone/Insurgente’s Xocoveza Mocha Stout was brewed to mimic the flavors of Mexican hot chocolate. According to Stone’s website, Xocoveza was brewed using English Challenger and East Kent Golding hops; and exhibits 50 IBUs (International Bitterness Units). Below is the commercial description of Chris Banker/Stone/Insurgente’s Xocoveza Mocha Stout:
“This year’s winner of our American Homebrewers Association-sanctioned homebrewing competition, Chris Banker, helped keep us grounded to our homebrewing roots by introducing flavors consistent with our regional palate. His chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, chile pepper and coffee-infused milk stout was built to mimic the flavors of Mexican hot chocolate, a beloved specialty from our neighbors to the south, as our collaborators from Baja California, Cervecería Insurgente, will attest. Layered with earthiness, spice and roast, this creamy, semisweet blue-ribbon beer confirms that the spirit of the American homebrewer is not only alive and kicking but thriving at an all-time high.” – Stone Brewing Company’s website
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