Pairing Craft Beer & Artisanal Chocolate

Think chocolate and beer are an odd couple? Actually, they are interestingly alike. And if you want to conduct your own craft beer + artisanal chocolate tasting, keep reading.

Why Beer + Chocolate?

Beer and chocolate are similar in many ways. For instance, both develop much of their flavor during fermentation. Both beer and chocolate balance bitter and sweet flavors—bitterness from hops in beer and cacao in chocolate, sweetness from malted barley in beer and sugar in chocolate. Some terms that describe the flavors in chocolate and beer are similar—coffee, toffee, caramel, molasses, biscuit, malt, and fruity notes such as raisin. “Chocolate” is even a word used to describe one of the flavor notes in some beers.

And beer and chocolate are fun to pair because the flavors in beer can not only complement or sharply contrast those in chocolate, but the carbonation in beer serves as a palate cleanser—a task not accomplished by wine, except for sparkling wine.