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SaveOnBrew's Top Beers For Valentine's Day

02.13.2013 09:00 AM

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Bypass the Wine, Give me Craft Brew!

Wine and champagne have stolen the spotlight for special occasion beverages. The high alcohol content and price-tag earned the drinks that right. Yet, craft beer can be just as costly and intoxicating -- not to mention classy. We have many fond memories imbibing with our partners -- sharing cold brews after running in races together; first learning how to work as a team, brewing beer in our kitchens; cheese and craft beer tasting at Vermont brewpubs; enjoying cold oil cans of Fosters on cruise ships and local nanobrews on Caribbean islands. Any beer can be romantic, given the right circumstances. However, certain types of beer naturally lend themselves to romance more than others. SaveOnBrew gives you a run-down of top-reviewed beers guaranteed to please.

1. Chocolate Beer

Chocolate and beer is a match made in Heaven. It’s not something we’d drink every day, but, on the right occasion, it can really satiate your burning desires. Maybe you’re cozied up in a ski lodge by the fire or sharing a quiet suite with a view in a foreign city. Wherever your Valentine’s Day takes you, seek out a fine dark chocolate stout that will satisfy men and women alike.

SaveOnBrew Recommends: Young’s Chocolate Double Stout, Foothills Brewing Company’s Sexual Chocolate, Southern Tier’s Choklat Imperial Stout, Brooklyn’s Black Chocolate Stout, Great Divide’s Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, The Bruery’s Chocolate Rain, or Rogue Ales’ Chocolate Stout.

2. Sweet Beer

Fruit beer is notoriously “a chick thing.” Yet, a real man will be able to set aside his predilections for just one night and try to stretch his palate a little further to appreciate the subtlety of a well-made fruit beer. We’ll admit… they’re hard to find… but a safe bet is to settle on a Lambic and try to think of it as a more wine-like beer.

SaveOnBrew Recommends: Cascade’s Noyaux Wild Ale (raspberry & apricot), Wedge’s Vadim Bora Russian Imperial Stout (raspberry), Innis & Gunn Melville's Strawberry Beer (strawberry), Belle-Vue Sélection’s Lambic (assorted fruit), Southampton’s Black Raspberry Lambic (raspberry), Lindemans’ Gueuze Cuvée René a Lambic (apple)

 3. Aphrodisiac Beer

When we learned the sex maniacs of Montreal developed an aphrodisiac beer, we weren’t surprised at all. Theirs is a black ale brewed with vanilla, dark chocolate, bourbon and roasted malt. (Is it any wonder it’s often given a perfect 100 by reviewers?) Yet, there are many different types of beers to get your motor revved. These beers may be mashed with oysters, bull testicles, or exotic saffron.

SaveOnBrew Recommends: Dieu du Ciel’s Aphrodisiaque, 21st Amendment’s Marooned on Hog Island Stout, Flying Dog’s Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout, Wynkoop’s Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout, Dogfish Head’s Midas Touch

 4. Sour Beer

Feeling a little tart about this Hallmark holiday? We totally get you. Sour ales are extraordinary beers for the advanced palate that has grown weary of the same-old, same-old. It’s a good style of beer to impress someone who has been around the sampling block.

SaveOnBrew Recommends: Russian River Brewing Company’s Sanctification, Bells’ Raspberry Wild One, Cascade’s Kriek Ale, Allagash’s Confluence Ale, Cascade’s Vlad The Imp Aler, Jolly Pumpkin’s La Roja, Flemish Red Ale, Rodenbach’s Grand Cru, New Belgium’s La Folie

5. Aged Beer

Move over, wine! One of the newest fads is aging beer down in the cellar. If you haven’t started your own private reserve just yet, never fear. Your friendly local craft beer store may carry brands that have taken the time and care to age their beers (often in oak barrels) for you. Check out the SaveOnBrew feature on beer aging to find a few beers you can start aging to celebrate with your loved one next Valentine’s Day.

SaveOnBrew Recommends: Avery's Odio Equum Wild Ale, Innis & Gunn's Cask Strength Oak Aged Beer, Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien, Bells Brewery's Black Note Stout,Pozharnik's Espresso Russian Imperial Stout,and Bullfrog Brewery’s Strawberry Fields Wild Ale.

Pairing Notes from The Washington Times:

- Aged Cheddar: Pair with IPAs or American Barleywines (Ex: Bear Republic Racer IPA / Rogue Old Crustacean)

- Blue Cheese: Pair with Lambics and Sweeter Beers (Ex: Cantillon’s Iris / Allagash Confluence)

- Prosciutto/Salami: Pair with Caramelized Malt Beers (Ex: Anchor Liberty)

- Smoked Sausage: Pair with Rauchbier (Ex: Stone Smoked Porter)

- Pâté: Pair with a Belgian Dubbel or Roasty Beer (Ex: Ommegang Abbey / Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Dunkel)

- Chocolate Tiramisu: Pair with Porters (Ex: Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald)

- Chocolate Mousse: Pair with Chocolate Stouts (Ex: Southern Tier’s Choklat)

We also have a few beers for all you lonely hearts out there...

  • Recently divorced? Try Alimony Ale from Buffalo Bill’s Brewery.
  • Did that jerk cheat on you? Celebrate with Flying Dog’s Raging Bitch.
  • Really enjoy the single lifestyle? Indulge in Wasatch Polygamy Porter or Ninkasi Total Domination IPA.

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