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.
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.
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!