Decadent duo, Whittaker’s and Garage Project, have teamed up to create two new chocolate beers.
This follows the success of the first chocolate beer they brewed together in 2018 which was named one of the top three flavoured stouts in the world.
Whittaker’s co-chief operating officer, Holly Whittaker, says Whittaker’s is delighted to be working with the talented team at Garage Project again on another locally-made, world-class product.
“We have a shared passion for quality, innovation and artisan craftsmanship, and these delicious new chocolate beers are a testament to that passion with some flavour notes that make these extra-special,” says Whittaker.
The White Chocolate Beer with Golden Raspberry and Lemon is a creamy white chocolate milk stout. It is brewed with New Zealand lactose, barley and oats and infused with a touch of Whittaker’s cocoa beans, vanilla, golden raspberry and Gisborne lemon.
The Dark Chocolate Beer with Espresso, Hazelnut and Orange is a bitter dark chocolate stout, brewed with Canterbury malts, oats and roasted barley and infused with Whittaker’s finest roasted Ghanaian cocoa beans, a hint of espresso coffee, hazelnut and Seville orange.
“Like us, Garage Project loves to push the boundaries of our craft while maintaining our dedication to quality. It has been fantastic working together to explore the possibilities in pairing chocolate with beer,” says Whittaker.
Jos Ruffell, co-founder of Garage Project, says the response to their first chocolate beer collaboration was overwhelmingly positive, and when it comes to getting the best chocolate flavour into beer, nothing beats Whittaker’s.
“We are really lucky to have the opportunity to work face-to-face with Whittaker’s, given we’re both based right here in Wellington. It’s meant we were able to keep experimenting until we perfected our new chocolate beers to meet the high standards we both hold ourselves to and have a bit of fun together along the way,” says Ruffell.
“Chocolate beer lovers who are keen to try these new products should get in quick as the first limited chocolate beer that we made together in 2018 sold-out in record time. We’re excited to see the response to our White and Dark Chocolate Beers and think beer and chocolate lovers alike are in for a treat.”
The beers will be available from November 9.