Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, CA) loves to collaboration. Their Collaboration Series has been quite busy in the first half of 2014.
Coming soon to the series Xocoveza Mocha Stout, a creation of Chris Banker, the Stone AHA Homebrewer AHA Homebrew Competition Winner. Since this beer is meant to mimic the flavors of Mexican coffee, the duo brought in Mexican craft brewery Cerveceria Insurgente.
Xocoveza Mocha Stout is first a milk stout, brewed with chocolate (from ChocoVivo), cinnamon, nutmeg, coffee (from Mostra Coffee) and chilies.
Look for Stone/Chris Banker/Insurgente Xocoveza Mocha Stout in 22oz bombers and draft. Release dates and distribution to follow.
Cigar City Caffe Americano Double Stout appeared earlier this year on draft at the brewery. The imperial stout is decadent, brewed with coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. Oh, and aged in rum barrels. Let the fight for it begin…
Traditional Caffe American is made by adding water to espresso. We break all the rules with this Double Stout. We refuse to add water to our beer after fermentation, but have noissues adding beer to our espresso. This deep, dark stout exhibits rich espresso and coffee notes, which are contributed by the generous use of roasted barley and locally roasted espresso. That simply is not enough for us. We also add roasted, raw chocolate and a hint of vanilla to this big bodied stout. Then, just for fun, we age it in rum barrels. Dodge the red eye and take a shot of the dark.
Cigar City Caffe Americano Double Stout will be released in 750ml bottles.
Shmaltz Brewing Co. sold off the Coney Island line to Alchemy, a subsidiary of Samuel Adams last year. Distribution has been pulled back to basically New York, and the beer recipes, overhauled.
Coney Island Freaktoberfest used to be a “blood” red lager with a 6.66% ABV. This fall, it’s going pumpkin. Freaktoberfest 2014 will be a pumpkin ale brewed with spices and espresso beans from Cafe Grumpy in Brooklyn.
Freaktoberfest is a hauntingly complex, deep amber, pumpkin and espresso ale. Caramel aromas intermingle with hints of allspice and cinnamon. A roasted, rich body is highlighted by Brooklyn’s own Cafe Grumpy’s specially selected espresso beans, and is finished with sweet pumpkin.
Coney Island Freaktoberfest will be available in 12oz bottles, and presumably draft. Coney Island just released a new seasonal, Tunnel of Love Watermelon Wheat.