Beer and chocolate: two wonderful, individual things. But together, it can be a magical combination. Beer paired with chocolate? Yes, please. Beer brewed with Cholaca, pure 100% cacao? Amazing. Truffles made with hops and Cholaca? Phenomenal. Sound like something you want in your life? Yes! Well, if you haven’t heard of it before let me introduce you to Boulder-based company, Cholaca.
Cholaca, pure, 100% cacao, was created to bring healthy, organic and regeneratively-farmed cacao to the world, while creating sustainable Fair Trade partnerships with farmers throughout the rain forests of Peru and Ecuador. Two Colorado companies, Copper Kettle Brewing Company and Nova Chocolate, are partnering with Cholaca to celebrate Earth Day (Saturday, April 22) and beyond, and a portion of the proceeds will go to regenerative cacao farmers through Yellow Seed, a conscious trade nonprofit that promotes equality, ecological conservation and community resilience in the cacao marketplace.
Nova & Cholaca have always shared a vision of regeneratively-farmed cacao, so Hops Truffles was a natural pairing. Nova combines Cholaca’s Peruvian cacao with Amarillo Hops to give this truffle the citrus brightness beer lovers appreciate in brews made with Amarillo hops.
Hops Truffles are available for sale online. Or, to purchase locally, please visit any of these Colorado stores throughout the month of April:
Cholaca began supplying its liquid cacao to craft brewers in Colorado in 2015, and then quickly expanded to supply breweries across the country. Cholaca grew sales by 300% in the beer segment from 2015 to 2016. In 2016, Cholaca sold over 3,600 gallons of pure liquid cacao to approximately 30 breweries. Of these, approximately a half-dozen of them are nationally distributed, including Breckenridge Brewery, Fort Collins Brewery, Great Divide Brewing Company, Oskar Blues, Tommyknocker Brewery and Troegs Independent Brewing.
Other Colorado breweries that have already used Cholaca include Big Choice Brewing, Coopersmiths Pub & Brewing, Copper Kettle Brewing Company, Crazy Mountain Brewing Company, FATE Brewing Company, Shine Brewing Co, and Zwei Brewing.
As part of their commitment to supporting a healthy planet, Copper Kettle is excited to be making their GABF gold medal winning-Mexican Chocolate Stout now with Cholaca. They are also celebrating their 6-year anniversary throughout Earth Day weekend, which will include 50% of all Mexican Chocolate Stout sales on Earth Day being donated to Yellow Seed.
On Sunday, April 23, Copper Kettle will be releasing a very special version of its famous Snowed In Imperial Oatmeal Stout, aged on Maple Syrup. Cholaca will be working with the on-site food truck to bring you a delicious brunch menu of chocolate eats to pair with this amazing ale. Check out the schedule of events for all the information on Copper Kettle’s 6th Anniversary Bash. Be sure to stop by for a Mexican Chocolate Stout and the special version of Snowed In, both brewed with Cholaca. And definitely don’t forget to pair the beers with a couple of Hops Truffles!