The most romantic day of the year is just around the corner, and we know what you’re thinking: Valentine’s Day is an invention of the candy industry and a shallow excuse to buy more chocolate. And to that we say: Hell yes.
And even if you’re of the opinion that beer isn’t sexy (you’re wrong, and here’s why) you must admit that there’s no more delectable pairing on February 14th than booze and chocolate. To that end, brewers are smartly marrying confections with their brews, which means you can skip dessert and go straight to enjoying these sensuous sips by yourself or with your significant other(s). (It’s 2020 after all, so you do you.) Here are three chocolate-and-beer couples made by breweries in collaboration with local chocolatiers—products of love, to be sure.
Whitehorse Brewing and Sarris Candies’ Chocolate Covered Strawberry Stout
Sarris Candies has been making chocolates in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania for the past five decades. While the family-owned company is known for its traditional confections, such as chocolate-covered pretzels and peanut butter meltaways, this year it put its Dutch cocoa to a different use. Inspired by one of Sarris’ most popular seasonal confections, the cordial strawberry, Whitehorse Brewing debuted Chocolate Covered Strawberry Stout on Friday in its Washington, Pennsylvania taproom. The beer is made with 20 pounds of the same Dutch cocoa powder used by Sarris and 132 pounds of strawberry puree.
New Realm Brewing and King of Pops’ Chocolate Sea Salt Ale
Atlanta, Georgia’s New Realm Brewery debuted its Push Cart Series this summer with a blackberry, ginger, and lemon-flavored Belgian ale. The beer was brewed in collaboration with the city’s all-natural frozen treat-maker, King of Pops. While February might not be part of popsicle season, it certainly falls in chocolate season, which is why the brewery recently released the second beer in the Push Cart Series. Chocolate Sea Salt Ale is made with the same ingredients as the best-selling popsicle of the same name and is currently available around Georgia.
Grimm Artisanal Ales and Fine & Raws’ Purple Prose
In Brooklyn, New York, Grimm Artisanal Ales and Fine & Raw Chocolate have joined forces not to brew a chocolate beer, but instead to make a beer-infused chocolate. The bean-to-bar chocolate maker used Purple Prose, a foeder-fermented sour ale with raspberries and black currants, to make two dark chocolate bars. One features raspberries and the other is flavored with black currants. The beer and the chocolate bars will be released on Thursday at Grimm’s taproom.