Holiday BotD: Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock

This holiday season, raise your beer glass high in good cheer with Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock, a rich, delicious, full flavored chocolate beer that is sure to enhance the holiday season for beer and chocolate lovers alike. The award-winning brewers at Samuel Adams are proud to release the latest batch of this limited edition, handcrafted specialty brew featuring the specialty Cru Sauvage chocolate from fine Swiss chocolatier, Felchlin. Available in time to pour at holiday parties from Thanksgiving to New Year’s, Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock is a flavorful craft brew that will provide a unique approach to toasting the season.

“Today’s craft brewers and drinkers know no boundaries when it comes to big flavors and interesting ingredients in beer. Our brewers are constantly searching for new ingredients and experimenting with beer styles because part of the fun in being a craft brewer is discovering that the surprising combination of beer and chocolate creates a beer as delicious and complex as Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock,” says Jim Koch, founder and brewer of Samuel Adams beers. “Beer enthusiasts will discover that this specialty brew is perfect to pour and pair at the holiday table with seasonal dishes
and desserts.”

“It’s no secret that the American palate enjoys experimenting with various taste combinations,” says Christian Aschwanden, CEO for Felchlin. “Through our partnership with Samuel Adams, we wanted to naturally join beer and chocolate together in the finest way. This new batch of Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock has a distinct flavor and deserves a place next to all types of holiday fare.”

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock is brewed using Felchlin’s Grand Cru Sauvage, a highly-regarded and rare dark chocolate made from the uncultivated wild Bolivian cacao beans sourced from the dense rainforests located in the small town of Baures, Bolivia. For centuries, this wild cacao has been considered the best in the world. This wild cocoa displays a rich, dark, exotic flavor with notes of honey, vanilla and dried fruits. Brewing Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock with Cru Sauvage cacao nips creates a dark, decadent beer with a big, malty character, complex full-body taste and velvety finish.

Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock is the perfect accompaniment to any holiday meal or can simply be enjoyed on its own as a dessert. It pairs particularly well with holiday appetizers such as mascarpone cheese and fresh fruit and main course favorites that include the savory flavors of turkey, chicken, pork and fish. It can also be the perfect end to your festive feast when paired with those favorite chocolate infused desserts, such as chocolate mousse and mocha cheesecake.

Just in time for holiday sipping and gift-giving, this new brew will be available nationwide in early November in select off premise accounts for a suggested retail price of $14.99. Packaged in an attractive 750 ml amber bottle with a festively embossed pewter label, Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock is unlike any offering on shelves today.

Rogue Stout & Chocolate Gift Boxes

If you’re looking to satisfy the sweet tooth and a love of beer of that special someone this holiday season, Chicago choclatier Vosges Haut-Chocolat may have just what you’re looking for in these two chocolate and beer gift boxes, featuring beer from Rogue.

Mo’s Bacon Bar & Rogue Shakespeare Stout Gift Box
Rogue Shakespeare is an oatmeal stout, distinctly mellower than its Irish ancestors. And it was crowned the 2008 World Beer Best Stout of the year. Oatmeal stout dates back to the 1800s when it was discovered that the addition of oatmeal to the brewing process yielded a “healthier” beer, touted as a virtual cure–all. Rogue’s Shakespeare Stout is an ebony–tinged brew, laden with notes of chocolate and just the right amount of hops to compliment the umami notes in the Bacon and Chocolate line.

Vosges

Caramel Marshmallows & Rogue Chocolate Stout Gift Box
Rogue Chocolate Stout fills your glass with its rich, ebony yumminess, revealing mellow oats, chocolate malts and hops through its creamy head. Its Comfort Food coupling just makes relaxing easier, with layers of sweet Madagascar bean marshmallow balanced by the bitter hops finish and caramely nuttiness complementing the earthen malts. Oh and chocolate, lots of chocolate.

Southampton Beer Tree

This Christmas Tree was made using 1,050 beer bottles and is lit from the inside by a bubble lamp. It was created by Paul Deakin, a student at the University of Southampton in southern England, and was entered into an Australian online tree contest in 2006.

Southampton Tree

Moylan’s White Christmas

Moylan’s Brewery & Restaurant announces the release date for its holiday seasonal, Moylan’s White Christmas Spiced Winter Lager. White Christmas will be available in bottles and in draft form the second week of October 2008, and will be available in the following states, CA, OR, WA, AZ, MN, CO, PA, IL, OH, NJ, MA, NV, RI, Washington DC, Guam, Vancouver British Columbia.

Moylan's White Christmas

A crisp, clean lager with just a touch of spices, this Christmas beer is a nice brew, just perfect for getting beer lovers warmed up for the holiday season. Brewmaster Denise Jones is very pleased to continue her work on perfecting Moylan’s holiday release and looks forward to introducing a new dimension to the recipe, producing, without a doubt, a fine holiday offering.

Gift Idea: Crowbar Opener

Its time to pry into your next cold one! This novelty bottle opener is not only the perfect fit into your bar accessories, it is also a fully functional mini crowbar! One of our favorite bar tools, this bottle opener makes a great surprise for your handy man! Made of stainless steel with a baked enamel coating.

Crowbar Opener

Available online from Home Wet Bar.