Day 12 – Xocoveza

On Saturday, December 12th, 2020 our beer of the day is Xocoveza – an imperial stout inspired by Mexican hot chocolate… yes, our eyes were pretty wide open when we read that one.

Our cats, Milo and Oliver, were a bit stand-offish about this one, too…

This beer is definitely one of a kind.  With it being inspired by a Mexican hot chocolate, what do you think could maybe make this a bit better?  We thought maybe tequila…

Smart decision?  Maybe… but could have done without.  It really made me drink it a bit faster.  Only 1 shot was added to our drinks (each).  This stout is brewed with chocolate, coffee, pasilla peppers, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg.   The vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg could not be tasted at all… this was definitely spicy but it is a good beer overall.  At 8.1% ABV, it’s somewhat of a sipper… but more so if you add tequila like we did.

On the back, it says “This is a beloved stout.  When first introduced as a limited special collaboration release with San Diego homebrewer Chris Banker (after his recipe won our annual homebrew competition) and Cerveceria Insurgente, it was an instant hit and fans began clamoring for its return.  Seeing as how its amazing flavor profile is evocative of Mexican hot chocolate, featuring coffee, pasilla peppers, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and chocolate, we concluded it was the perfect beer to re-release in celebration of the Holidays and the entire winter season.  This creamy imperial mocha stout is now a highly anticipated yearly tradition that we are pleased to present from us to you, and makes a perfect wintry gift from you to your friends, loved ones, or simply to yourself.  Cheers!”

Take the above as is… if you are afraid of trying this, like we were, take a chance – why not?  It’s 2020… what’s the worst that could happen?  It really isn’t that bad.  No bitter taste!


Here is a video my better half helped me record… to our dear friend Rita.  Please pray for her recovery of COVID.  She is an amazing person and my snow angel is nothing compared to what she did last year… but it was fun!  Enjoy life and every moment of it.


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