Chocolates & Stouts – A Match Made In Heaven

Valentine’s Day brings to mind the image of fine wine and a warm fireplace to nestle by with your loved one. If you want all of the class of said image for half the price, check out Throx Market Station’s Stout beers.

What better gift to give this Valentine’s than that of chocolate and the fuzzy-warm feeling that alcohol brings, combined: Stouts! Most beers in the stout category are synonymous with a chocolaty or coffee-like flavor, which are actually attributed to the darker and heavier amount of grains used in the production process. A friendly purchase for newcomers but also a favorite of more experienced craft beer lovers alike, stouts in particular sell well to all people who enjoy a subtle hint of extra flavor – like cacao nibs, coffee beans, fruit vanilla, or other spices.

An interview with Throx Country Store’s manager Aaron Andrews provided us with all the details necessary to find the perfect beverage, and what to pair it with:

Throx Country Store

“Stouts pair well with everything from appetizers to desserts, specifically chocolate! An easy pairing is North Coast Brewing’s Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout with Chocolate peanut butter cups. The saltiness in the peanut butter and the dry finish of Old Rasputin pair wonderfully. For a more decadent dessert, I would suggest Epic Brewing’s Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout with a rich chocolate cake, like the chocolate spoonful cake available at our Throx Markets. The dark cocoa and rich, coffee flavor in the stout pair well with the creamy, fudgy icing and dense cake. One last suggestion would be Blue Mountain Brewing’s Dark Hollow Stout paired with a New York cheesecake. The spicy vanilla Bourbon notes in the Stout play nicely with the tart creaminess of the cheesecake.”

Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout and Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake

He goes on to mention that stouts aren’t just for pairing with desserts, but are also an important component to enjoying and savoring roast meats like pork BBQ, corned beef, pastrami, and pot roast!

So what are you waiting for? Conveniently located in Winchester, VA, Throx offers you one of the best pairings for you and your loved one to enjoy this Valentine’s Day!