And this year, there are three new flavors debuting that should really test your skill to find a chocolate that brings out different flavors in the beer and beer styles that work in harmony with the chocolate.
To do that you can go one of two ways. Compare or contrast. Either find a beer style with some of the same flavors as the chocolate or go for a style that may initially seem at odds with the chocolate.
For example, one of the new flavors this year will be pineapple. You can find a really citrusy IPA to create a fruit explosion or you could go big and select a barley wine that has a hop character along with a stronger malt profile. Dark chocolate could pair really well with either a stout or porter or you could take a left turn and match it up with something like Oude Tart from the Bruery or another sour beer that catches your fancy.
What is cool is that there are only guidelines no hard fast right or wrong which makes this festival a great opportunity to experiment and find what pairings work for your individual palate. So, be sure to head to the Mignon booth and grab their helpful information sheet that details the choices available and the suggested beer styles to drink. Once you find a match, let your friends know and challenge them to come up with a better option.
Just another layer of fun to what is already a great craft beer event.