Beer Pick: Meet Brooklyn brewmaster Garrett Oliver and try Black Chocolate Stout

Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout
Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout

Next week, Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster Garrett Oliver will be in Atlanta for some super tasting events.

Oliver will conduct a deluxe beer and cheese pairing on Wednesday at Brick Store in Decatur with a selection of six Brooklyn beers and six cheeses. And on Thursday, he'll be at Hop City in Krog Street Market for a brewmaster's happy hour featuring lots of Brooklyn beer on draft, plus some special bottles.

Of course, Oliver is one of the foremost experts on beer and food pairing. He is the editor of “The Oxford Companion to Beer,” the author of the groundbreaking “The Brewmaster’s Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food,” and the winner of the 2014 James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional.

In honor of all that greatness, one of Brooklyn’s most beloved beers, Black Chocolate Stout, is this week’s Beer Pick.

Beer Pick 

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

Brooklyn Brewery, New York

Available October-March on draft and in 12-ounce bottles


One my all-time favorite seasonal beers, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout was first brewed in 1994, and has been celebrated since as one the best takes on the Russian imperial stout style. Despite the name, there’s no chocolate added. Its lush dark cacao aromas and flavors are achieved through a mash-up of caramel malt, malted wheat and a blend of American roasted malts. Willamette and Fuggle hops add to the bittersweet character. Best of all, at 10% alcohol, it ages beautifully, and makes a gift that keeps on giving.

Pair with

Brooklyn Brewery recommends pairing Black Chocolate Stout with chocolate desserts, passionate love and rage in front of a blazing fireplace, cheesecake, fruit tarts, big ol’ blankets, ice cream, holiday parties, strong cheeses, and mythology.


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