A brewer with Delaware roots is combining with Wawa to once again bring a coffee-beer hybrid to Delaware this month.
2SP Brewing Company, whose roots date back to the Two Stones Pub in Brookside, has teamed with Wawa for a second straight year to create a series of beers for the holiday season.
At a launch at their Chadds Ford location, one of the two Wawa’s in the area that have beer sales, some customers waited over two hours to get their hands on year two of the Winter Reserve Coffee Stout.
According to 2SP, the Winter Reserve Coffee Stout mixes Wawa’s winter blend coffee with flavors of dark chocolate, sweet clove, and graham crackers.
Last year, 2SP made about 1,000 cases, that barely lasted 48 hours in most places, and sold it in the five-county Philadelphia area.
For 2019, 2SP increased production of the coffee stout to about 2,500 cases, and customers will be able to find them in more places, including for the first time, in Delaware.
Also available at select locations will be the new Reserve Reserve, an English Style Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged in Weller Bourbon Barrels for 9 months. The brewer said the 10% ABV stout’s flavor should mix Wawa’s exclusive blend of reserve coffee with vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon.
While Delaware Wawa’s are still not allowed to sell alcohol, the Wawa beer will be available at several liquor stores.
Some of the Delaware locations will include Banks Wines and Spirits and Outlet Liquors in Sussex County, Kreston’s in Middletown, Tim’s Liquors in Hockessin, Branmar Liquors in Brandywine Hundred, and Total Wine and Spirits’ two locations in Delaware. Banks hopes to have their allotment available for sale on Tuesday.
Wawa and 2SP are also expanding their line to Richmond and Florida.
They’ve teamed with Hardywood Park Craft Brewing Company in Richmond for a Coffee Cake Reserve Stout that will only be available in central Virginia.
Described as a breakfast beer, it mixes the Wawa coffee with an oatmeal stout, aiming for flavors of vanilla, cinnamon, brown sugar, and coconut to simulate a coffee cake.
In Florida, Wawa, 2SP, and Coppertail Brewing Company of Tampa have joined forces for the Snowbird Reserve Vanilla Porter.
They said it’s a robust porter with sweetness derived from malted barley and vanilla beans.
That coffee-beer is expected to launch on February 20, 2020, in Tampa.
Meanwhile, back in Chadds Ford, Robin Tarzia of Ambler, Pennsylvania waited 90 minutes for the Winter Reserve and Reserve Reserve.
“My son is a very big craft beer guy. That’s his passion. He lives in Boston now, and that’s all he wanted for Christmas: Wawa beer.”
It’s going to go quickly this week, but what would you expect from the combination of Wawa and beer?