Inspired by Pelican Brewing’s head brewer’s Mexican roots, Jason Schlebach has brewed Abuela’s Casita, a Mexican Chocolate Stout with cinnamon and cocoa. This new beer that’s part of Pelican’s Lone Pelican Small Batch Series is a take on the traditional Mexican winter beverage, Champurrado, made by his grandmother in Mexico.
Here are additional details from Pelican Brewing’s press release…
Pelican’s chocolate stout is inspired by the classic Mexican hot drink made with chocolate, corn and milk. Robust chocolate flavors with hints of spice come from Tanzanian cacao nibs and Indonesian cinnamon sticks. Abuela’s Casita uses the traditional Champurrado ingredients of corn and lactose to add depth of flavor and to round out the palate. A staple drink made during the winter, Pelican offers this treat to warm the winter nights, just like Abuela does.
Pale Ale malt, Crystal malt, flaked corn, Blackprinz malt, lactose, cacao nibs, cinnamon, Magnum hops, pure local water, pure ale yeast combine to create a rich cocoa character—available for a limited time now in 22 oz. bottles and on tap.
ABV: 6% | IBU: 35 | PLATO: 16º
“I wanted to create a beer that harkens back to my favorite childhood beverage with a rich, creamy Mexican Stout perfect for seasonal drinking—not a forced chili-infused version, but an authentic throwback to a traditional chocolate character,” says Schlebach, who hails from both Mexican and German roots. “What we created is a very authentic Mexican version of this unique beer style that’s like no other we’ve tasted before. It’s a perfect addition to our Lone Pelican Series which offers limited-production beers that explore new techniques, ingredients and uncommon styles of beer.”
With consistent growth and demand for its products, Pelican recently increased brewing and bottling capacity at its Tillamook facility to over 38,000 barrels and opened a new brewpub in Cannon Beach which offers additional capacity for such experimentation.
Like all Pelican beers, Abuela’s Casita is born at the beach by a team of award-winning craft beer makers known for brewing styles of beer that they themselves love to drink. Cheers!