For those of you who are unaware, The Beer Wench is currently in transition – moving from Columbus, OH to Orlando, FL. At this moment, I am sitting in a hotel room in Florence, SC.
The first two days of my travels were extremely exciting! I went on a VIP tour of Victory Brewing Company on Monday night – which was followed by dinner and beer drinking in the Victory Brewpub!
Tuesday afternoon, I visited the Dogfish Head Brewery where I received a tour of the brewery as well as on site tasting. Afterwards, I went over to the Dogfish Head Brewpub for some dinner and more spirits.
I will blog about both of the tours in the near future. For now, though, I only have the time and energy for a Dogfish Head Theobroma update!
Unfortunately, I was just a few days too early to taste Dogfish Head’s Theobroma. They had only JUST bottled and kegged Theobroma the DAY BEFORE I arrived for a tour. According to the staff, Theobroma would not be available for purchase until its first tapping (something about not being able to sell a beer if it was no available for tasting).
Needless to say, The Wench was epically disappointed. HOWEVER, I was informed that it would be on store shelves within a week or two. HOPEFULLY, I will be able to find it in Florida. Otherwise, drastic measures will be required!
Here is Dogfish Head’s description of Theobroma from its website:
Availability: Limited Release – 750ml bottles
Release Date: September 2008
This beer is based on chemical analysis of pottery fragments found in Honduras which revealed the earliest known alcoholic chocolate drink used by early civilizations to toast special occasions. The discovery of this beverage pushed back the earliest use of cocoa for human consumption more than 500 years to 1200 BC. As per the analysis, Dogfish Head’s Theobroma (translated into ‘food of the gods’) is brewed with Aztec cocoa powder and cocoa nibs (from our friends at Askinosie Chocolate), honey, chilies, and annatto (fragrant tree seeds).
Theobroma is 10% abv and will be available in Champagne bottles for a September 2008 release.
Special kegs from our test batches may be available earlier in the year at Dogfish events around the country… keep yer eyes peeled!
Label art for Theobroma was designed by our friend Marq Spusta.
Source: Dogfish Head Brewery