A new line of specialty coffees from Stone Brewing is coming to convenience stores and elsewhere in early 2024.
Stone Brewing Coffee is adopting the branding and flavor characteristics of three of the brewery's popular brands: Arrogant Bastard Ale, Stone Buenaveza Salt & Lime Lager, and Stone Xocoveza.
The coffees are:
- Stone Buenaveza Coffee: earthy, chocolatey, sweet
- Stone Xocoveza Coffee: toffee, cherry, milk chocolate
- Arrogant Bastard Coffee: nutty, with hints of dark chocolate and caramel
In addition, there will be Plus, a collection of rotating single-origin offerings.
“There is a definite overlap in what attracts people to craft beer and to craft coffee,” said Erin Smith, Stone Brewing’s senior vice president of marketing. “Quality, intention and passion are what our fans seek. We’re excited to extend the bold and bitter personality of Arrogant Bastard Ale and the cross-border influence of Stone Buenaveza and Stone Xocoveza into these specialty coffee offerings.”
Stone said it is introducing its line of coffees to offer customers a new way to experience its 27-year heritage.
“Coffee has long been one of the favorite special ingredients for Stone’s brewers to work with,” the Escondido, California-based company said. “The flavors and aroma of coffee blend beautifully with the unique tastes, bitterness and complexity of hops.”
Stone Xocoveza, a best-selling special release Mocha Stout, is one of those beers, the company said.
“The rich depth of its flavor is owed in large part to a hefty dose of beautifully roasted coffee,” the company said. “Stone released its first custom, small-batch-roasted coffee beans, inspired by Stone Xocoveza, in 2021.”
The full line of specialty coffee products includes:
- Single-serve drip-kit pour-overs
- Single-serve brew bags
- Whole bean 12-ounce coffee bags
- Industrial compostable K-Cups
Stone Brewing Coffee is produced in partnership with Richardson, Texas-based NuZee, a coffee co-packing and technology company that produced Stone’s earlier special release small batches.
Stone Brewing Coffee will be distributed nationwide through NuZee's network of c-store, natural grocery and traditional grocery channels, as well as office coffee, hotel brokers, distributors and direct-to-consumer channels.
Founded in 1996, Stone Brewing pioneered the West Coast Style IPA, helping to fuel the modern craft beer revolution and inspire generations of hop fanatics. Today, Stone operates breweries in Escondido, California, and Richmond, Virginia, plus seven tap room and bistro locations.
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