To add a little craft beer interest to Valentine’s Day this year, Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, California) has announced the release of Stone Enjoy By 02.14.17 Chocolate & Coffee IPA.
Arriving as a variant from the brewery’s wildly popular Enjoy By IPA Series, Stone Brewing Co. developed Stone Enjoy By 02.14.17 Chocolate & Coffee IPA to be a ” rich, decadent and . . . devastatingly fresh Valentine’s Day pleasure.” This was achieved by brewing the beer with San Diego Sunrise, a blond roast from Ryan Bros. Coffee. This “less roasty and more chocolaty” coffee was specifically chosen because “it complements the tropical flavors of the hops, and allows the lemon and orange citrus notes to come through loud and strong.” Using cocoa beans that were sourced from Belize, the “brewers went ‘Bean to Beer’ incorporating chocolate processed straight from the cocoa bean on-site at Stone Brewing.” Finally, this beer’s recipe stays true to what the Enjoy By Series is known for by utilizing an intense and lengthy hop bill comprised of twelve varietals – Nugget, Super Galena, Simcoe, Amarillo, Delta, Target, Cascade, Citra, Galaxy, Nelson Sauvin, Motueka and Helga. This all results in an indulgent Double India Pale that clocks in at 9.4% ABV and 90 IBUs.
“The Brewing Team tested several fruit and chocolate variations before finding just the right flavors to complement the hops of our Stone Enjoy By IPA,” said Jeremy Moynier, senior innovation program manager. “The chocolate and coffee combination we finally hit on was inspired by what we had done recently with Stone Mocha IPA, but here it took on new life with the Stone Enjoy By series. This recipe was brewed specifically to add another layer to go with the complexity of the hops and the result is a very special hop-lovers dream alongside a cup of coffee and a bite of chocolate.”
Stone Enjoy By 02.14.17 Chocolate & Coffee IPA is available now in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 22 oz. bottles and on draft. This limited release can found at craft beer bars, restaurants and retailers in Alabama, Florida and throughout the rest of Stone Brewing’s U.S. distribution area. Get it while you can and be sure to drink this one as fresh as possible. Prost!
Vital Information for Stone Enjoy By 02.14.17 Chocolate & Coffee IPA from Stone Brewing Co.
Release – Limited, beginning January 8
Style – American Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 9.4%
IBUs – 90
Hops – Nugget, Super Galena, Simcoe, Amarillo, Delta, Target, Cascade, Citra, Galaxy, Nelson Sauvin, Motueka & Helga
Additional Ingredients – San Diego Sunrise coffee from Ryan Bros. Coffee & chocolate processed from cocoa beans sourced from Belize
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 22 oz. bottles & draft
Distribution – AL, FL, AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, IL, IN, KS, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MT, NC, NE, NH, NM, NV, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI