Should we be at all surprised that craft beer can go with, well, anything? It's the perfect companion to your cheese, so it would only make sense to pair it with chocolate as well. While most may reach for a bottle of wine to go with that chocolate (leftover from Valentine's Day, assuming that you have any), it's as easy as pie to grab a beer instead.
Samuel Adams brewers and TCHO chocolate makers have their own collaboration of beers and chocolates (remember that awesome chocolate/beer kit for Christmas?), so they explain in a new video what flavors and profiles to look for when pairing. Said Samuel Adams brewer Jennifer Ganville, wine's high alcohol content can actually overpower some of the flavors you get from chocolate. That's why something like a beer, balanced between malt and hop characters, may be a surprisingly better pairing for your chocolate. Plus, as chocolate maker Brad Kintzer explains, chocolate is actually a fermented fruit — from cocoa beans to the chocolate bar you're holding — with similar acids and esters that you find in a beer.
Some other tips for you this Valentine's Day:
Check out the Samuel Adams' beer and chocolate video for more on pairing.