With Father’s Day rapidly approaching (next Sunday!) I wanted to dedicate this post to my own father. My dad has been a huge supporter of my entrepreneurial efforts, and helped me immensely pre and post launch of my chocolate business. He assisted with everything from artistic design work to financial projection algorithms, and of course was my most honest and astute taste tester! One day, when I was still in the early planning phase of my business, he took me to an upscale chocolate boutique on Madison avenue here in New York City. He bought us an assortment of wildly inventive truffles and we left the shop to find a place to consume the chocolates. Suddenly, the rain started pouring down, and we had to duck into a phone booth. We decided to enjoy the truffles while we were stuck hiding out from the rain, and with his pocket knife he split them each in half. We savored such flavors as curry and paprika infused chocolate, and it inspired me to be wilder and more inventive with my own flavors.
Anyway, I’ve curated a beer and chocolate pairing menu that would be a delicious and elegant way to show your own father just how much you care this upcoming Father’s Day.
Beer and Chocolate Pairing Menu
Milk Chocolate Covered Bacon & Amber Ale
The maple notes in an amber ale will bring out the bacons natural sweetness. Amber ales have a malt quality which compliments milk chocolate well. This lighter beer is a good balance for the chocolate and bacon, as a darker beer would likely overwhelm the palate.
Slow Cooker Chicken Mole & India Pale Ale
The assertive spices and dark chocolate in chicken mole need a beer that won’t be bossed around, thus the highly hoppy IPA is a natural choice to enhance the spice of a mole and won’t get drowned out by the chocolate infused sauce.
Flourless Chocolate Cake & Irish Stout
This Epicurious recipe is impressive, decadent and only requires 5 ingredients! It pairs well with an Irish stout beer, because the dark chocolate compliments a stout’s roasted flavor. Additionally, a stout’s light and creamy notes are the perfect balance for a cake as dense and rich as this one.