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Monday, February 13, 2012


TOMORROW IS YOUR DAY—St. Valentine’s Day is straight ahead and there’s still plenty of time to check your local bottle shops for craft beer brewed with hints of chocolate. Like love some chocolate hints are bigger than others. Most Choco brews are available at top of the line local bottle shops. Bottle shop list at end of this blog courtesy of’s excellent directory.

Also in this blog: Update on the Beer & Chocolate Valentine’s Ball with Karl Strauss and Chuao Chocolatier. See end of this Blog. Plus 99 Bottles Valentine’s Ella Fitzgerald Tribute.

BREWS WITH CHOCOLATE (short gift idea list) selected by Holden DeMayo, America’s Finest Freelance Blog Writer.

Chocolate Bock
By Samuel Adams. The brewery has a nice video on Chocolate Bock:
Double Chocolate Stout
By Rogue Ales
Chocolate Stout
By The Ft. Collins Brewery

Here are two California chocolate beers that placed very high at the 2010 United States Open Beer Championship:
Bison Organic Chocolate Stout
By Bison Brewing,

Chocolate Porter
By Lost Coast Brewery,

SAN DIEGO BOTTLE SHOPS (for entire list go to
--Best Damn Beer Shop, 1036 Seventh Ave., downtown, 619-232-6367
--Bottlecraft, 2161 India St., Little Italy, 619-487-9493
--KnB Wine Cellars, 6380 Del Cerro Blvd, College Area, 619-286-03221
--Olive Tree Marketplace, 4805 Narragansett Ave., Pt. Loma, 619-224-0443

1. Valentine’s Day Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong at 99 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd, Little Italy, 619-255-7885. $29 per person tax/tip not included; regular menu also available.
2. Beer & Chocolate Valentine’s Ball: The Omni San Diego Hotel is partnering with award-winning Karl Strauss Brewery and Chuao Chocolatier to host their first-ever Valentine’s Day pairing event. Singles and couples are invited to gather together for beer and chocolate pairings while enjoying a display of paintings and fine art pieces, and a brewmaster from Karl Strauss Brewing Company will also provide an interactive lesson on craft brewing and beer pairings. Cost is $20. The Omni San Diego Hotel will be donating a portion of all proceeds to San Diego Art Institute: Museum of the Living Artist. For more information or to RSVP, please visit the hotel’s website or call 619-645-6524.

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