Before I start, I want to send out a special shoutout to founders Kevin and Chris Haborak and the employees at Coastal Empire Beer Company for letting me come out the past few days to watch and learn while they worked at the brewery. Last night (1/8/2016) I went with my buddy Aric to the World of Beer (Pooler, Georgia, USA) for dinner and a few beers from their draft list. I got the baked crab cakes drizzled with lemon-garlic aioli and served with homemade apple and kale coleslaw.
I was interested and excited to try my first beer, Dogfish Head’s Choc Lobster from the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Delaware, USA). Choc Lobster is a 5.6% alcohol by volume (ABV) Robust Porter base beer brewed with live lobsters added directly to the boil, over 6 pounds of dark cocoa powder added to the whirlpool, and basil tea. The lobsters for this brew are shipped from the Five Islands Lobster Co. (Georgetown, Maine, USA).
Dogfish Head’s Choc Lobster exhibits 40 IBUs (International Bitterness Units) and is only available on draft as a limited availability release. Since it is made with real lobsters, Dogfish Head reminds those with shellfish allergies not to partake. Dogfish Head’s website also provides customers with tasting notes including bittersweet chocolate, roasty, subtle herb, and ocean notes.
My next beer of the night was Red Hare’s Rabbit’s Reserve #1: Chocolate Porter, an 8% alcohol by volume (ABV) Porter brewed by the Red Hare Brewing Company (Marietta, Georgia, USA). Red Hare’s website says this beer was brewed with dark roasted malts and dark cocoa nibs “for a perfect balance of sweet and bitter”. Red Hare’s Rabbit’s Reserve #1: Chocolate Porter exhibits 15 IBUs (International Bitterness Units). This is a limited edition draft only beer first released in 2011 and then again in 2012.
Red Hare’s website announced a re-launch of Rabbit’s Reserve #1 this past November stating “You asked for it, so we’re giving it to you! Our Rabbit’s Reserve #1 Chocolate Porter has been the one you seem to ask about the most, and yes, we’ve been listening! We’re just as excited to bring back this beloved winter brew- at 8% abv and loaded with roasty aroma and a touch of chocolate, this brew is sure to warm you up this winter”. – Red Hare Brewing Company
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