Chocolate stout, chocolate porter ...
When it comes to putting chocolate in beer, those two styles are ready candidates.
Which is why Iron Hill brewer Chris LaPierre, looking for something a little different, opted out of those styles and turned a brown ale into a chocolate brown ale loaded with 22 pounds of dark Belgian chocolate for an October beer release at the Maple Shade brewpub.
The beer and a truffle, made with wort from Iron Hill's mash tun by chocolatier Mike Collins of Reily's Candy in Medford, were the centerpiece of an event this past Wednesday night that also saw a selection of Reily chocolates* paired with IH beers.
The video gives you the backstory to how this fusion came about. But the quick version goes something like this: Chris grew up in Medford and knew of Reily's, a 40-year fixture in the Burlington County town. Mike, who's been with Reily's for almost half of the shop's existence, is a Iron Hill mug club member and discovered IH beers at the company's West Chester, Pa., location.
Combining their crafts seemed like a natural idea, and the result is Reily's Chocolate Ale and the Iron Hill truffle.
*The pairings at the October 5th event:
- 70% Cacao with Gogi berries & Abbey Dubbel
- Tierra Missou Truffle & Bourbon Wee Heavy
- Jalapeno Chocolate & Ironbound Ale
- Vanilla Caramel & Oktoberfest
- Bourbon-Soaked Cherry Cordial & Cherry Vanilla Porter
- Iron Hill Chocolate with Caramelized Wort & Reilly’s Chocolate Ale