image courtesy of Granville Island BrewingVancouver, BC, Canada – Word has come to our ears that Granville Island Brewing is releasing another beer, as their way of signaling the holidays. While other’s prefer the familiar color and warmth of a Winter Ale, Winter Warmer, Old Ale, or Barleywine, the brewery on the 'Island’ has released an Imperial Chocolate Stout.

This beer which was dreamed up in collaboration with Rogers’ Chocolates, is a limited release starting November 18th.

“What happens when two “Masters”, a master chocolatier and a brew master, get together over a few beers?  Well, the result “tastes” for itself!!” says Steve Parkhill, president of Rogers’ Chocolates.

“Our Chocolate Stout has been tailored to add some warmth to our dreary winters. This year we have given things a boost and made an Imperial Chocolate Stout, a bigger, stronger more flavourful version of the beer we launched last year” says Vern Lambourne, GIB’s brewmaster. “This beer combines the best organic fair-trade chocolate from Rogers’ with malt and hops to create an aromatic Christmas treat.”

Described as a “rich and warming” compliment to those cold Vancouver evenings. This beer was brewed with four malt varieties, hops grown in the Pacific Northwest and aged with chocolate. With a distinctive dark colouring and aromas from grain, cocoa, coffee, and accented by reminders of dried fruit and a slight bitterness, this beer sounds complex and satisfying.

Think of Granville Island’s Imperial Chocolate Stout as a great alternative to Hot Apple Ciders or Mulled Wine. Feeling antsty? Then head over to your local liquor store or visit the brewery.

About Granville Island Brewing (GIB)

Established is 1984, Granville Island Brewing (GIB) is Canada’s first microbrewery offering a variety of award-winning beers which are brewed and sold here in BC . GIB is dedicated to handcrafting only the finest premium beers that are 100 per cent all-natural and brewed in small batches to provide consumers with the ultimate tasting experience.  In celebration of their West Coast heritage GIB names each beer after iconic Vancouver locations that embody the local lifestyle. From the original Island Lager and English Bay Pale Ale, to Cypress Honey Lager, and now their latest innovation; Brockton IPA, GIB continues to produce a diverse portfolio of beers inspired by life on the West Coast. For more information, visit www.gib.ca.

About Rogers’ Chocolates

Rogers' Chocolates, celebrating its 125th anniversary as Canada's first Chocolatier, was founded in 1885 when Charles Rogers who opened his first chocolate shop in downtown Victoria, BC. One of Canada’s oldest companies, Rogers’ Chocolates now owns and operates 7 retail locations in B.C., has hundreds of retail partners across Canada and ships to over 50 different countries each year. Rogers' Chocolates prides itself on its commitment to quality and assuring that the finest ingredients are used when making their world renowned chocolates. The first chocolatier in Canada to present Build-A-Box, where chocolate lovers can design their own box of chocolates online.

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