Beer Chocolate, the Latest Candy Innovation, Now on Tap

And don’t forget the bacon chocolate, fellas

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A growing number of confectioners have crossed what may be the final frontier in candy flavoring: candy made with beer.

They’ve worked out technical kinks — beer burns at the high temperatures used to make many kinds of candy — and developed a market for sweets they describe as “hoppy,” “malty” and “yeasty.”

It’s all part of a push by specialty chocolatiers to make candy more manly, and to get men to reach for a stout caramel or India Pale Ale bonbon as eagerly as they might grab a nice cold one.
Last month, Vosges Haut Chocolat, a chocolate company with an estimated $23 million in sales, rolled out a “Smoke and Stout Caramel Bar,” made with a beer brewed from dark-roasted malt. Gourmet retailer Dean & DeLuca sells a six pack of Roni-Sue’s black-stout and India Pale Ale caramels for $16.95. Anette’s Chocolate Factory has won industry awards for both its Beer Brittle and Firey Beer Brittle, accented by cayenne pepper.
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N.Y. Lawmaker Kicks Off Efforts to Get Craft Beer in C-stores

Beer is in convenience stores all over the country, but states generally don’t legislatively encourage their C-stores to carry craft beer made in that state. Mr. Schumer is to be commended.-The Professor

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ALBANY, N.Y. — As craft beer grows in popularity one New York legislator has launched a campaign to push the state’s offerings.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer kicked off his “I Love NY Brew” campaign yesterday in a bid to get locally brewed beer in area convenience stores, restaurants and bars. The move is an effort to grow the industry and allow breweries across the state to expand their businesses.

In a letter to the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) and the New York State Restaurant Association, Schumer urged both groups to stock their shelves with beer brewed at the 77 microbreweries, regional craft breweries and brewpubs in New York. He added that pushing locally brewed beer onto convenience store shelves and into restaurants in major cities like New York City would be a major step forward for an industry that adds millions of dollars to the state’s economy annually.
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The Beer Nut: Uncommon Brewers Uncommonly Good

Written by Norman Miller for GateHouse News Service

Uncommon Brewers is certainly uncommon among California brewers. Unlike most West Coast breweries that feature hops in most of their beers, this Santa Cruz brewery does not.

Instead, they brew a pair of Belgian ales with uncommon ingredients, as well as a big, malty, Baltic porter.

Uncommon Brewers was founded in 2008 by Alex Stefansky and Reed Vander Schaaf. Both had been homebrewers.

The brewery was in the planning stages for six years, and the goal was to combine Belgian brewing techniques, while melding it with the creativeness of West Coast breweries.

The beer is also organic, which is good for those who care about organic products.

Uncommon Brewers has recently began distributing its three beers to Massachusetts. The beers are all available in 16-ounce cans.

Each of the three available beers are based on traditional recipes, but with unusual (or uncommon to fit with the name) ingredients. If you are someone who likes traditional beers, Uncommon Brewers’ beers are not for you.

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