A Sweet Glass of Beer!


Are you going to ‘surprise’ your partner this Valentine’s Day with roses and chocolates? Absolutely not!

Instead, why not tempt your lover’s tastebuds with the succulent flavors of vanilla, chocolate, espresso and cream?

Let me show you the way to savory success. Here are three delicious beers exploding with sweet divine:

Make your first move with Empyrean Brewing Co. (Lincoln, NE) Dark Side Vanilla Porter. This scrumptious American Porter definitely sets the mood. With half a pound of whole vanilla beans added to this brew, the vanilla still remains subtle. It’s sweet in front, dry in back. The flavor is very roasty, with chocolate, vanilla marshmallow, and light coffee. The silky, smooth texture and consistency are almost identical to a melted chocolate milkshake, creamy and viscous.

Now we’re heating up! Let’s move on to Breckenridge Brewing Co.’s (Denver, CO) Vanilla Porter. For the style with the vanilla, chocolate, and caramel offerings present here, this is very nearly perfect. Slick, oily and rich, the brew is both smooth and heavy.  This beer tastes great immediately, and is truly worth high praise as the flavors linger.

We’ll drive this trifecta home with a Tallgrass Brewing Co. (Manhattan, KS) Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat Stout. The strong aroma is from the copious amount of vanilla beans added to this sweet, milk stout. Full, robust flavors of heavy cream, vanilla, rich milk chocolate, sugar, dark roasted malts, caramel, and coffee, along with flavors of toasted nuts, this brew is reminiscent of cookies and ice cream. A perfect dessert.

If my advice helps enhance the romance, share the thanks. If all else fails, you have a solid set of brews to try yourself. You’re a winner either way!

Save the flowers for when you’ll really need them….getting out of the doghouse.

Killa Vanilla!

- Kosta Theodosopoulos