California Table Beer: Biere de Chocolat

Biere de Chocolat

5.5% ABV |  12oz bottles & draft

Our Biere de Chocolat celebrates the long and lauded history of chocolate production in San Francisco. Our aim was to create a beer bursting with cocoa flavors and aromas, balancing sweet and savory to create a complex but quaffable chocolate brew. To accomplish this we partnered with Dandelion Chocolate in San Francisco to create this rich brew brimming with chocolate character. Working with the unique flavors of Dandelion’s single-source beans, we created this decadent beer by layering in smoked and dark-roasted malts with citrusy Ivanhoe hops from Clearlake, CA. Finally, we added a blend of hand-roasted cocoa beans sourced from Madagascar and Río Caribe, Venezuela. The Madagascar beans add bright berry-cocoa flavors, while the Río Caribe adds dark chocolate and bourbon notes. A touch of vanilla rounds out the supporting flavors to create an eminently drinkable beer that is a chocolate lover’s beer through and through.

Pairings:

Biere de Chocolat balances the sweet and savory characteristics of chocolate to create a robust ale that pairs well with a variety of dishes. Serve with Texas style BBQ brisket to bring out the subtle smoked-malt flavors or show off chocolate’s savory side with a classic Mexican chicken mole. This beer loves dessert, too: pair simply with pieces of Dandelion’s Single Origin Chocolate bars to compare and contrast the tastable terroir of their different single-source beans.

About the Chocolate:

Dandelion Chocolate roasts small-batch, single-origin cocoa beans to create rich, complex chocolate bars that highlight the unique flavors of their different terroirs. All of their chocolates are made with a “Bean to Bar” approach that results in unparalleled depth and character. Everything is done by hand—including roasting, cracking, sorting, winnowing, grinding, conching, and tempering small batches of beans and then molding and packaging each bar.