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Specialty Beer and More: Chocolate Stout & Oregon Chocolate Festival Menu Specials

Cacao Pods (photo: M. Schweisguth)

The 7th annual Oregon Chocolate Festival hits Ashland, OR this weekend, March 4-6. Our mouths are already watering as we peruse the list of first-rate chocolate companies coming from across the state to offer their wares, along with excellent wineries and coffee roasters, educational sessions, events for adults and kids, specials around town, and more. This looks like the most delectable lineup yet.

We’re infusing our restaurant and brewery with the chocolate-covered spirit of this extravaganza, from cocktails and entrees to special desserts, including

  • Chocolate/Smoked Ancho Chili BBQ Wings
  • Chorizo Tacos with Chocolate Mole, Cotija Cheese & Cilantro Cabbage with Rice & Beans
  • Coconut Mud Pie
  • Chocolate Trifle

Naturally, we’ve crafted a Chocolate Stout to top things off. We’ll tap this Friday, March 4 in time for the Art Walk (which will, of course, be choco-licious). Please come savor it!

Unwrapping our Chocolate Stout

Our Chocolate Stout blends the smooth mouthfeel and rich flavor of our Oatmeal Stout with notes of chocolate, imparted by organic, roasted cacao nibs. Cacao nibs are pieces of de-shelled cacao beans, the essential ingredients in chocolate. They’ve been fermented (like wine grapes or coffee cherries) and roasted to bring out their full flavor.

Organic roasted cacao nibs help create our Chocolate Stout and enhance the aroma and flavor of chocolate that is generally found in our Oatmeal Stout. You’ll discover the essence of chocolate from the first sniff through the lingering after-flavor. 5.1% abv.

Malt

  • Organic 2-Row
  • Organic Munich
  • Organic Crystal 60
  • Organic Chocolate (…malt, not actual chocolate)
  • Organic Carapils
  • Organic Roasted Barley
  • Flaked Oats

Hops

  • Bittering: Nugget
  • Flavor/Aroma: Crystal and Goldings

Cacao

  • Organic, Fair Trade Certified, roasted cacao nibs (Ecuador in origin)

Menu pairings

Cacao beans, drying after fermentation (photo: M. Schweisguth)

Chocolate Stout pairs well with a diversity of foods that complement its boldness and sweetness. For starters, try it with sweet potato curry fries. We especially love it with vanilla ice cream, and suggest ordering our Stout Float (on our dessert menu) made with Chocolate Stout. Our cheesecake would also work well as a dessert pairing.

Don’t miss the Oregon Chocolate Festival, and please come over for a pint of Chocolate Stout and a festive delicious meal while you’re in the neighborhood.

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