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Co-op Brew Corner: For the Love of Chocolate Stout

Valentine’s Day is a fine time to start telling a trio love story, about three outstanding chocolate stout ale now available for sale in our Beer and Cider Department. Browse our selection of quality local brews and imported specialties. This year share the gift of fine craft beverage with special ones!

Crux Coco(a) Stout

Crux Fermentation Project – Bend, OR – 7.7% alcohol by volume  / 66 IBU

$6.99 per 500 ml bottle – Layered with chocolate malt, cocoa powder and cocoa nibs, Coco(a) stout ale is more like an adult answer to a mug of hot chocolate on a cold night. This “triple chocolate stout” brew is smooth and slightly dry, for roasty, toasty sipping. But don’t be fooled – it’s not sweet, it’s bittersweet. Pair it with: short bread cookies or BBQ chicken nachos

Rogue Double Chocolate Stout

Rogue Ales of Portland, OR – 9% alcohol by volume / 50 IBU – $12.99 per 750 ml bottle – with a red hot ceramic coated bottle, this special edition from Rogue Brewing is a delightful gift to share. It’s a dark stout, crafted in small batches using Rogue Farms’ grown Rebel Hops, Dare & Risk malts, as well as Rogue’s special Pacman Yeast strain. Boosted by imported Dutch bittersweet chocolate and roasted oats, the brew is tasty and award-winning. It received the 2010 Gold Medal at the World Beer Championships. Pair it with: chocolate truffles or BLT sandwiches

Samuel Smith Brewing Organic Chocolate Stout

5% alcohol by volume – $4.99 per 16.9 oz bottle – Samuel Smith Brewing of Yorkshire, England – when you open this bottle of imported stout you’ll experience the aroma of Belgian chocolate and rich hot chocolate. Try a sip to discover why this beer is one of the most popular offerings from Samuel Smith. Luscious and velvety, enjoy it for dessert, poured in a layer over a Lambic fruit ale for a two-toned sensation like a chocolate-covered berry. Pair it with: sharp cheese or hazelnut biscotti

By: Claire

ClaireClaire Harlock Garber loves to eat and drink and write about it. She has worked in the food industry for nearly a decade and was on staff at the Skagit Valley Co-op from 2010-2018, writing the regular columns Skagit Brew Corner, The Cheese Whisperer, The Bounty of Bulk, and What's Dippin' in the Well for the Co-op's blog, as well as articles for the Natural Enquirer newsletter.