The pairing of chocolate and beer is not necessarily the most obvious of flavor combinations. But San Francisco-based Almanac Beer Company and Dandelion Chocolate have put their flavors together to create Biere de Chocolat.
The partnership creates a beer with cocoa flavors and aromas that is both savory and sweet. The beer is created with layers of smoked and dark-roasted malts with citrusy Ivanhoe hops from Clearlake, CA, then blends hand-roasted cocoa beans sourced from Madagascar and Río Caribe, Venezuela and a touch of vanilla. The brewery says the Madagascar beans add bright berry-cocoa flavors, while the Río Caribe adds dark chocolate and bourbon notes.
The partnership between Dandelion and Almanac Beer started as neighbors getting to know neighbors. Dandelion’s production space in the Dogpatch district of San Francisco was right above Almanac Beer.
Biere de Chocolat is 5.5% ABV, and is available in 4-packs and on draft at your favorite pub.