A tradition too special to skip
There’s nothing like making a beer so beloved that people feel compelled to campaign for its return. So, in the spirit of the holiday season, we are very pleased to give our fans the number one item on their wish lists. As illustrated by the avalanche of social media requests, that is Stone Xocoveza, an insanely delicious take on Mexican hot chocolate brewed with cocoa, coffee, pasilla peppers, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. First brewed in 2014 with San Diego homebrewer Chris Banker after his recipe won our annual homebrew competition, this imperial stout is layered with smooth roastiness, semisweet chocolate and a touch of spice. Thanks entirely to you, this creamy, mocha stout has gone from initially being a one-time offering to a yearly tradition. Happy holidays from all of us to all of you…and feel free to continue enjoying it long into the spring and summer, as this gem will age beautifully and is definitely not exclusive to the winter season!
Imperial stout inspired by Mexican hot chocolate
Stone Xocoveza Beer Nog
6 large eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2½ cups whole milk
1½ cups heavy cream
10 ounces Stone Xocoveza (PRO TIP: Make a flight using any of our seasonal stouts)
2 tsp ground nutmeg
Place the egg yolks, vanilla and ½ cup of the sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer with a whisk attachment. Beat for several minutes, until the yolks lighten up and magically double in volume. Add the remaining ingredients—except the egg white and the rest of the sugar—and mix until everything’s fully combined. Transfer the mixture to another bowl and forget about it for a bit.
Wash the bowl and whisk, then place the egg whites in the bowl and start whisking them up. Slowly sprinkle in the rest of the sugar and keep whisking until thick and stiff. Gently fold the egg whites into the yolk mixture and chill.
When you’re ready to serve, pour the nog into stylish goblets or your favorite form of beer glass, garnish with a little more nutmeg and go spread some beery holiday cheer.