Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Chocolate, Meet Beer

Equal Exchange (fair trade goods from small farmers) recently teamed with Harpoon (local craft brewery) to host a chocolate and beer tasting at their adorable cafe near North Station on Causeway Street. Surrounded by vibrant teal walls and tall windows among an open, airy floor plan, guests mingled with representatives from both companies while sipping on the Harpoon beer of our choice and enjoying tasty sandwiches provided by the cafe, before we were seated at tables set in casual floral linens to begin the tasting.
As we were lead through the pairings, we were encouraged to share our own tasting notes, depicting the aromas and flavors of the beer and chocolates individually and together. This prompted a mindful discussion among a great group of people, complete with remarkable combinations, ah-ha moments and new favorites discovered. We tasted Dark Chocolate Almond with UFO White, Dark Chocolate Orange with Rye IPA, Milk Chocolate with Catamount Maple Wheat and Caramel Sea Salt Crunch with Harpoon Dark. I thought all the combinations were pretty fantastic, my favorite was the last one.
I had recently become a fan of Equal Exchange coffee and teas (when I won a giveaway basket on Meghan's blog), and I can now say the same about their fair trade chocolate. I have long been a fan of Harpoon Beer, so any chance to sample new varieties and drink old favorites is a welcome one. This event was free and I'm not required to write about it, but I had a great time and I just thought you should know, chocolate and beer = match made in heaven!

11 comments:

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

My friend lives in that building. I've got to stop in there for coffee when I am over her place!

In and Around Town said...

Looks like a great event! chocolate and beer, love them both - why not put them together!

Colleen @ Culinary Colleen said...

What a fun event! I'm a huge fan of both chocolate and beer - but I've never really tried pairing them!

Sacha said...

Two of my favorite things! The pairings sound great.

Michelle Collins said...

Looks like such a fun event! How did you hear about it?

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

This definitely strikes me as an unlikely duo...but one that apparently really works. Love the intimate look of the pairing table!

MelissaNibbles said...

Looks like fun and that cafe looks like a great spot!

Meghan said...

Looks like such a fun event! And I also need to stop there for coffee.

Natalie Atick said...

That is awesome! I have tried once mixing chocolate and beer into a cupcake and it works great!

Elizabeth said...

I was sad I couldn't make this event. I think beer and chocolate together sounds delicious.

Megan said...

You always hear about chocolate and wine... good to know chocolate and beer make a good pair as well!