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Brews for Valentines & Anti-Valentines

Celebrate partnership or singlehood this Valentine’s Day, with a festive selection of ales and ciders in our Beer and Cider Department. Something sweet, something chocolate, something for every brew hound.

tietblossBlossom Nectar Cider from Tieton Ciderworks of Yakima, WA. 6.9% alcohol by volume / Sweet cider. With some of the world’s finest apples, Tieton Ciders showcase the nuanced flavors of these freshly pressed apples as naturally fermented hard apple cider. Tieton’s Blossom Nectar is the sweetest of their offerings and pairs well with poultry, grains, and dessert. It pours beautifully and carries an aroma of fresh apple blossoms and wildflower breezes. An elegant cider with solid carbonation, pair it with Upside Down Cake, chocolate, or Thai Chicken Burgers. $6.99 per 500 ml bottle.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Stout from Breakside Brewing of Portland, OR – 6.8% alcohol by volume / 31 IBUs. Crafted in collaboration with Salt and Straw (an eclectic ice cream parlor in Portland), this is a seasonal release featuring the marriage of salty and sweet. Breakside’s Salted Caramel Chocolate Stout dives into flavors of toasted marshmallow, caramel brittle, and hot chocolate. Smooth and silky, this luscious ale is a dessert in itself. Pair it with soft ripened brie cheese, almonds, Co-op vanilla ice cream, or spicy Mexican-style chocolate. $6.99 per 22 oz bottle.

bloodvalsMy Bloody Valentine Ale from Alesmith Brewing of San Diego, CA – 6.66% alcohol by volume / 24 IBUs. As the assertive label suggests, My Bloody Valentine is an anti-Valentine beer. This amber ale is brewed to commemorate “Singles Awareness Day” and gives us a contrast to the feel-good, lovey-dovey marketing sensibility commonly found around St. Valentine’s Day. Rosy crimson in color, this brew has notes of caramel, toast, and bittersweet chocolate to balance an intense bouquet of floral hop aromas.  It may also make an ironic gift for the love of your life. As the brewers suggest, try pairing this beer with jilted lovers, reservations for one, or your favorite EMO album. $5.99 per 22 oz. bottle.

stonebitterchocBitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Stone Brewing of Escondido, CA – 9.2% alcohol by volume / 55 IBUs. A vintage favorite returns! Originally brewed for Stone’s 12th Anniversary, their Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout boasts a strong cacao nib flavor combined with hearty oats for a smooth body and a bittersweet, fruity anise-like hop finish. Jet black with a strong tan foamy head, this stout is robust and can be successfully aged in a cellar for multiple years. Pair Stone’s Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout with wild mushroom risotto, smoked blue cheese or beef stew. $8.99 per 22 oz bottle.

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.