Episode 21: Love in the Time of Chocolate

IMG_1507This is the 21st episode of the Blind Tiger Podcast, recorded on January 31st, 2014.  In this episode Mike, Jesse, and I gathered together in our studio to celebrate the upcoming and most romantic of holidays, Valentine’s Day.  Mike and I challenged each other to pair a delicious craft beer with an amazing bit of chocolate to attempt to romance the taste buds of Jesse Clark in a battle for his pairing affection.  We call this episode, “Love in the Time of Chocolate.”

As usual we start out with some exciting beer news with a disappointing article about the premature death of beer delivery by unmanned drones.  We focus on a few stories about the difficulty of starting a fledgling business without stepping on the toes of trademark infringement.  Is it even possible to name a new beer without trademark infringement these days?

We spend some time discussing the merits and flaws of beer hoarding when it comes to rare beer releases.  We look at an instance of an Ohio beer fanatic attempting to buy approximately $1,200 of Bell’s Hopslam in a single transaction.

This week Mike and I paired chocolate in beer in this weeks Beer vs Beer.  We are hoping to show that just because it is Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you can’t also indulge in beer.

This episode we start out with the following question to get our panel chatting.  The question is: If you could craft the ideal Valentine’s Day beer date, what would it be?

Show Notes:

Beer News:

  • Pair Your Beer Tonight with Some Thin Mints
  • FAA Kill Drone Delivery of Beer
  • Miller Brewing Co rolls the dice with Miller Fortune
  • Texas A&M Sues over “12th Man Copyright”
  • BackShore Brewing Co faces TradeMark Woes


The recent release of Hopslam has seen craft beer fanatics come out in droves to get their hands on this highly anticipated beer.  Bell’s Hopslam, which we sampled as part of last week’s samplesode has a reputation for being a great double IPA that significantly outshines most other double IPAs.  Unsurprisingly, the beer was gone as quickly as it arrived with most bottle shops selling out of the beer in mere hours.  With the high demand for a beer that is widely considered to be a transcendent experience there is bound to be trouble.  Where there is high demand there will be those that go beyond the norm to get their beer.  The Columbus Dispatch highlighted a story where an employee of Savor Growl, craft beer bottle shop was photographed attempting to buy 400 bottle of Hopslam in one transaction.  A purchase of beer that would cost him over $1,200.00 if allowed.  As soon as the photo hit social networks craft beer enthusiasts exploded with accusations of hoarding, buying cheaply to resell in their own store, or just being downright greedy.  Considering that locally we could only buy the beer four bottles per person and distributors sold out weeks before the beer even arrived via pre-sales it seems criminal that one person could purchase so much Hopslam.  While this appears to destroy any sense of fairness it was of course legal, which is what we are here to discuss in Point / Counterpoint.  Should this sort of behavior be illegal?  Should it be considered immoral?


Beer vs Beer:

Mike’s Choice: Dark Chocolate Espresso Beans with Lancaster Brewing Co. Double Chocolate Milk Stout.

Rob’s Choice: Wilbur’s Dark Chocolate & Brasserie Lefèbvre SA’s Abbaye De Floreffe Prima Melior

Joy of Beer Cooking:

This week with thought that since we are pairing chocolate and beer in keeping with that theme we might include a recipe that doesn’t just let you taste those flavors sequentially but combine them in your mouth.  The best approach to take in combining chocolate and beer in my humblest of opinion is by way of the Chocolate Stout Brownie.  This recipe takes a delicious, dark, wet brownie and infuses it with the flavor of your favorite stout beer.  While it doesn’t specify what stout to use I would highly recommend something similar to the light and delicious Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout.  Or if you desire something a bit more intense then look for Brooklyn Brewery’s Black Chocolate Stout for a dash of that 10% ABV taste in the mix.

Full Recipe

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