This is the 'Hot Choklat', a beer cocktail I created a while back that will finally be making its debut this Saturday at Brewing up Cocktails: Winter Holiday Special Edition at The Hop & Vine. I truly believe this is one of those drinks with crossover appeal to both beer lovers and cocktail lovers. It is incredibly approachable, deceptively simple, and, most uniquely, is served steaming hot.
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This cocktail has a high proportion of beer, and you may have guessed which beer based on the name--Southern Tier's Choklat, one of the finest dessert beers ever made. If you have not experienced it, the beer is sort of like drinking big, rich, highly alcoholic liquid dark chocolate. When you merely pop the cap on a bottle of this beer you can immediately smell the aroma of dark chocolate brownies in the air. I assumed - correctly - that this may be even better served hot.
That brings me to one of my favorite kinds of drinks during the cold winter months--hot cocktails, or even hot beer. Who does not enjoy a hot chocolate, coffee, hot toddy, hot buttered rum, or even a spiced heated egg nog? Well, it turns out most beer cocktails back in the olden days were actually served hot and often with spices. Drinks were much like a hearty warming meal or beverage to ward off the cold in times when homes did not have a central heating unit.
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Try this drink one time only this Saturday, December 10th, from 6-9pm at The Hop & Vine - 1914 N. Killingsworth Portland, OR