Thursday, July 13, 2006

Beer & Chocolate?!?

Yes, you read that and chocolate! Spuyten Duyvil has announced a beer & chocolate pairing on Wednesday July 19th that should make most if not all connoisseurs mouths water! My wife and I have found that IPA's go exceptionally well with cured olives, thanks to a few trips to Thirsty Bear Brewing Company in San Francisco. We also found that good full bodied red wines (see Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbaresco, Barolo, Merlot, Zinfandel or even a full-bodied Pinot Noir) thanks to stops in Santa Rosa restaurants [Willi's Wine Bar, and Zazu], so why wouldn't a premium chocolate. Enough of my ranbling, here's the info from the bar itself:

Wednesday, July 19th at 6pm Spuyten Duyvil presents a beer and chocolate tasting with He Brew Beer and The Chocolate Bar. Four delicious chocolates will be paired with four different ales from He Brew.

The Pairings

Genesis 10:10
Celebrating 10 Years of Delicious Beer and Shtick. A huge balance of specialty malts, pounds and pounds of our Chosen hops, brewed with a hint of luscious Pomegranate juice. 10% alc. Malts: 2-row, Caramel 40, Munich, Black Malt, Wheat, Dark Crystal 80
Hops: Warrior, Centennial, Cascade, Willamette, Simcoe, Crystal, Mt. Hood
-Pared with The Chocolate Bar Pomegranate Dark Chocolate

Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A
Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the death of Lenny Bruce: A Rye based double IPA. Brewed with an obscene amount of malts and hops. The Most Radical Jewish Tribute Beer ever created. 10% alc. Malts: 2-row, Rye Ale Malt, Torrified Rye, Crystal Rye 75, Crystal Malt 65, Wheat, Kiln Amber, Caramel 70 Hops: Warrior, Cascade, Simcoe, Crystal, Chinook, Amarillo, Centennial.
Dry Hopped with Amarillo and Crystal
-Pared with The Chocolate Bar semi-sweet chocolate infused with caraway seeds

Genesis Ale:
Crisp, smooth and perfectly balanced between a west coast style pale and amber ale, with a supple malt sweetness and a pronounced hop flourish. 5.6% alc Malts: 2-row, Caramel 40L, Dark Crystal, Munich, Wheat Hops: Warrior, Fuggles, Willamette, Cascade
-Pared with The Chocolate Bar Dark Chocolate with Malt Filling

Messiah Bold:
A deep, bold nut brown ale beautifully balanced with rich dark malts and a complex hop character. 5.6% alc. Malts: 2-row, Carapils, Dark Crystal/ Caramel 80L, Dark Chocolate, Victory
Hops: Warrior, Cascade, Mt. Hood
-Pared with The Chocolate Bar 64% Dark Chocolate

About The Chocolate Bar
The Chocolate Bar International began as a passion for chocolate for Pastry Chef Udi Ezra and his designer wife Debbie. They had always been chocolate lovers and frequented many chocolate shops and shows in their travels. They evolved from chocoholics to chocolatiers with their concept of creating high quality artisan chocolates based on historical and cultural flavours
Growing up in Israel Udi was exposed to many Middle Eastern and European flavours. He spent much of his childhood cooking and eating the sweet flavours his Eastern European grandmother cooked, and the spicy creations his Middle Eastern grandmother made. These are the flavours that inspire Udi to create unique artisan chocolates. He refined the culinary skills he learned in his family’s kitchen when he attended the Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan.

On a side note, I can't recommend the restaurants I listed above enough if you are in the San Fran/Santa Rosa area. The food and wine at the two Santa Rosa restaurants are some of the tastiest I've ever encountered and rate in my top 5 restaurants of all time! Additionally the Thirsty Bear was one of my favorite stops while in San Fran due to their exceptional food, insanely good mojito's, and top notch IPA! Check them out if you get a chance, and of course drop me a line to let me know what you think!


Blogger defendallston said...

ummm, this sounds like my personal heaven. There is nothing better than a bite of bitter dark chocolate. I'd love to see how they pair up with beer. Maybe we'll have to host a beer and chocolate night of our own at the new abode!

9:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I've had some of the Raspberry Stouts with chocolate desserts (i.e. lava cake or something of that nature) but I'd be interested to see what an IPA does with the chocolate tastes!

2:40 PM  

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