November 9th, 2008


This could be the very minute I'm aware I'm alive

I was not always someone who enjoyed adult beverages. It wasn't all that long ago that I drank very infrequently and sparingly when I did.

One year at a chocolate party at eichin's, someone brought chocolate beer. I had a little of someone else's. It was interesting, but it didn't really scream chocolate to me. Last year, wandering into Double Wide Grill one night, I noticed Southern Tier Choklat on the draft list. Intrigued, and always willing to try a new chocolate beer, I ordered one.

Alas, it kicked the keg, and I got just a little, but *wow*. Choklat was the most chocolatey beer I'd ever had. It was as much like drinking chocolate in beer form as I figure I'm likely to experience. I have a small stash of bottles now which I break out occasionally, and I mean to get to Southern Tier this year to buy some in person.

I'm also a member of Pittsburgh Beer Society. This past week, one of the 6 samples we enjoyed was Tommyknocker Cocoa Porter. Tommyknocker has good brews; I've been enjoying a variety pack of their stuff since it, um, appeared at my house when I got back from Ohio Linux Fest. Well, if Choklat was like drinking chocolate, Cocoa Porter is like a mug of hot cocoa in beer form. McBroom's in Regent Square had a case left. Had. If you like hot cocoa, you should try it, but you may have to get it from elsewhere!