Vancouver, B.C. – In preparation for the holidays, Granville Island Brewing’s (GIB) brewmaster Vern Lambourne brings a different kind of small batch to the taproom with Chocolate by Gaya. The chocolate bursts with infused beer flavours from GIB’s winter seasonal, Lions Winter Ale, holiday small batches – Cocoa Loco Chocolate Imperial Stout and Barley Wine, and Hey Day Hefeweizen from GIB’s Under The Bridge series. The local collaboration makes for the perfect stocking stuffer, table dessert for good company and snack this December.
“These four full-flavoured beers stand up to the sweetness of the chocolates, and offer complex flavour profiles to complement Gaya's creativity as a chocolatier,” says Vern. “Our beer-infused chocolates are locally-made, handcrafted and tasty – I even ate some for breakfast!”
Dreamed up by Vern and chocolatier Gaya Davidson, the four beer-infused flavours are:
Lions Winter Ale: Liquid caramel with hints of vanilla in a milk chocolate shell
Cocoa Loco Chocolate Imperial Stout: Dark chocolate ganache in a dark chocolate shell
Barley Wine: Flavours of mulled wine in a dark chocolate ganache held by a dark chocolate shell
Hey Day Hefeweizen: White chocolate passionfruit ganache in a white chocolate shell
“With some experimenting, we found the perfect balance of beer and chocolate flavor, and created four recipes that appeal to different taste preferences,” said Gaya Davidson. “This was the first time I’ve ever experimented with beer in chocolate - it proved to be an incredible pairing!”
The GIB and Chocolate by Gaya collaboration hits the GIB retail store onfor $8 plus tax.
About Granville Island Brewing (GIB)
Established in Vancouver, BC in 1984, Granville Island Brewing (GIB) is Canada's first microbrewery offering a variety of award-winning beers. GIB is dedicated to crafting only the finest premium beers to provide consumers with the ultimate tasting experience. In celebration of its 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 Brockton IPA, GIB continues to produce a diverse portfolio of beers inspired by life on the West Coast – the “left coast” as we like to call it. And with the changing of the seasons, GIB offers tastes that reflect the changing beer fan, with its seasonal False Creek Raspberry Ale, Lions Winter Ale and Ginja Ninja. For more information, visit www.gib.ca.
About Chocolate by Gaya
Chocolate by Gaya is a local and independent chocolate boutique, solely run by Chocolatier Gaya Davidson. For four years, Chocolatier Gaya has produced handcrafted chocolates for the Vancouver community, and shared her talents through chocolate donations to support The Bliss Project, a non-profit organization. With a background in baking and pastry arts, Chocolatier Gaya specializes in chocolate to give her the artistic license she craves. For more information, visit http://on.fb.me/13A65t0.
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