Our fruit forward and luscious chocolate ales trump any box of chocolates you can buy. Skip the heart-shaped box and head straight to the beer aisle this Valentine's Day.
Samuel Smiths Organic Chocolate Stout
With toasted chocolate malt and cocoa on the nose, Samuel Smiths Chocolate Stout is like a box of chocolates in a glass. Incredibly smooth and creamy, this easy drinking stout smacks of vanilla, brown sugar and milk chocolate. While it is wonderful on its own, add a scoop of chocolate ice cream for a beer float you wont soon forget.
Anderson Valley Blood Orange Gose
The gose style is an obscure German sour wheat ale that had all but disappeared until American craft breweries embraced it with open arms. Brewed with coriander and salt, this style is probably unlike anything youve ever drank before. Anderson Valleys is bright and citrusy with subtle berry like fruitiness. Serve this refreshingly effervescent brew in a fluted glass like you would brut champagne.
4 Hands Absence of Light
4 Hands brews some incredible milk stouts. Absence of Light is a variation of their Chocolate Milk Stout that adds peanut butter to the mix. The nose alone on this stout brought smiles to our faces. Liquid chocolate peanut butter cup.
Sour beers continue to grow in popularity and Ommegang Rosetta is one we cannot say enough good things about. Rosetta is produced by Ommegangs sister Belgian brewery Liefmans and showcases masterful blending of young and old sour beers. Oak, tart cherry and soft spice all shine amidst this incredible balance of sweet and sour.
Wyldewood Elderberry Mead
Mead is a fermented beverage made from honey that people have been enjoying for thousands of years. Sometimes referred to as honey wine, meads honeyed sweetness pairs wonderfully with dessert. Wyldewoods Elderberry Mead balances sweetness with the fruity acidity of Elderberries harvested from Wyldewoods family farm. Pours deep crimson color that is perfect for the holiday.
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