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July 16, 2017 | All about our range | Our beers
If we’ve learned anything from Run DMC and Aerosmith, the most curious pairings can result in some pretty sweet music. We think that rings true for Sweet Disposition – our very first collaboration with another Kiwi brand both inside and out of the bottle. We worked with Wellington Chocolate Factory (WCF) from start to finish on our latest limited release, including the bottle’s label which was designed by a local Wellington artist.
Lots of beer makers around the world have tried their hand at pairing chocolate and beer, but we didn’t want to make just any old chocolate brew. So we talked to the fine folks at WCF. They’re craft chocolatiers who make organic, ethically sourced bean to bar chocolate of the highest quality. And like us, they keep it interesting when it comes to their flavour profiles.
For 9 months we worked together in the creation of Sweet Disposition – a rich, 6.2% stout brew that combines pale, roasted, chocolate and caramelised malts. And of course lots of chocolate. How much? Just over half a tonne.
We wanted a flavour profile that was chocolatey with a little bit of bitterness and brightness – like you’ve just eaten a piece of high-quality dark chocolate. To achieve this, we used 70% dark chocolate from two different source origins. Dominican Republic delivers a hit of rich dark chocolate and Peruvian balances it out with subtle fruity acidity. There is still a bit of natural sweetness that comes through from their chocolate beans, which have a sweeter, more complex flavour profile than those typically used in confectionery.
We know better than to waste good chocolate, so we used it all. Nibs, husks, cocoa powder and actual chocolate all went into the brewing process at different stages. This called for a little more finesse than simply lifting the lid and pouring it all in, it took some Kiwi ingenuity and a lot of manual labour – including a few hours breaking up chocolate with a shovel before it could go in the mix.
Sweet Disposition is curious mix of bitter and sweet that can be enjoyed by itself or paired with desserts and rich meat dishes – think dark chocolate gateau and raspberries or a rich Irish stew that uses the brew as a braising liquid.
Curious to give our limited release chocolate stout a try? You can find Sweet Disposition in Brewbars and in four packs at the usual stores. Go get some.
Knows his beer.
16 Feb | Brand | Facts | Our beers
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