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Chocolate beer collaboration coming this weekend from SA icons

Swell Brewing Co. founder Dan Wright and Melba’s chocolatier Tom Forrestal discussed their mutual love for chocolate and craft beer at a Peel street kitchen.

Chocolate and beer lovers, your worlds are about to collide thanks to two South Aussie icons!

Starting like all good ideas at a Christmas party in late 2020, Swell Brewing Co. founder Dan Wright and Melba’s chocolatier Tom Forrestal discussed their mutual love for chocolate and craft beer at a Peel street kitchen.

By the end of the night, the two had hatched a tenuous plan for winter 2021, to produce a small batch collaboration stout blending the skills of both the independent McLaren Vale craft brewer and iconic Adelaide Hills confectioner.

From this, the ‘Pororoca’ chocolate stout was born, with malts of ale; dark chocolate; medium crystal; roasted wheat; roasted oats and Melba’s organic cacao nibs, making it the perfect drink for the cooler months we’re heading into.

Pororoca is the name given to the tidal wave phenomenon in the Amazon Basin, where churning silt creates a slurry that looks like a river of chocolate milk, and waves as high as 4 metres travel with perfect barrels as far as 800 kilometres inland. 

Brewed with oats and milk sugar for a creamy mouthfeel, this full-flavoured stout has been conditioned on Melba’s organic cacao nibs, low on bitterness, it’s just like a chocolate milkshake only boozy!

It will be available from this weekend on tap and in takeaway cans at the Swell Brewing Co. Taphouse & Brewery in McLaren Vale and, online and on tap at Melba’s owner Tom’s house.

The delicious winter warmer will be available at selected craft beer retailers from next week!

You can find Swell Brewing Co. Taphouse & Brewery at 168 Olivers Rd, McLaren Vale SA 5171.

PRODUCT INFO
STYLE: Milk Stout
MALTS: Ale, Dark Chocolate, Medium Crystal, Roasted Wheat, Roasted Oats
EXTRAS: Melba’s Organic Cacao Nibs, Milk Sugar
ALLERGENS: Gluten, Barley, Lactose
VEGAN: No
ABV: 5.0%

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