There’s a synergy between microbreweries and LCC: the attention to craft, the ingredients, the process. The opportunity to work with these amazing, local brewers is one we look forward to every year. What chocolate to pair with what beer? The combinations are endless and as we like to say, there are no rules! The exploration is a lot of fun and the discovery of a perfect pairing is memorable.
Due to overwhelming demand in past years, LCC hosted two chocolate and beer pairing sessions at this year's Brewer's Fest. While many of these beers are only available locally, you can probably find similar style beers in your area.
Here are this year’s pairings:
Chocolate: Caramelized Hazelnuts
Whole Oregon Roasted Hazelnuts candied in copper kettles and tumbled coated in milk chocolate.
Beer: Zero Gravity – The Keeper (7.2%) Aged and blended Biere de Garde.
Chocolate: Organic Spicy Aztec
Dark chocolate with a blend of spicy cayenne pepper, pumpkin seeds, and cinnamon delivers big flavors.
Beer: Trapp Lager Brewery – Star Trapp: The Next Collaboration Lager (6.5%)
Chocolate: Organic Creamy Coconut Bar
Classic combo of rich dark chocolate filled with a creamy coconut center made with Kimball Brook Farms heavy cream and creamed coconut.
Beer: Fiddlehead Brewing Co. - Hodad Vanilla, Chocolate, Coconut Porter (5.5%)
Paradise in a glass. This beer is brewed using real vanilla beans, cacao nibs, and plenty of coconut which was toasted in a wood fired oven.
Chocolate: BeBop Hop Bar
Collaboration brew-bar; a malty caramel sweetened with Long Trail wort and infused with hop oil creates a one-of-a-kind beer and chocolate experience!
Beer: Long Trail Brewing Co. – Cacao Porter, brewed with Belize cacao nibs and a good malty base
Be sure to check out the video above and some photos from the event that really capture the energy and excitement of the brewers, chocolate makers, and fans! We really shouldn’t wait a whole year to do this again!