Moonstruck Chocolate Brings a New Twist to Craft Beer with Launch of Craft Brewers Collection
Artisan chocolatier collaborates with Oregon craft brewers to create unique beer-bottle shaped truffles infused with craft brew flavors
PORTLAND, Ore. (Sept. 2, 2015) – On Sept. 9, Moonstruck Chocolate Co., will launch its craftiest truffle assortment yet with the introduction of the Oregon Craft Brewers Collection. In partnership with four of the state’s founding craft breweries, Moonstruck’s artisan chocolatier, Julian Rose, has developed beer bottle-shaped truffles in four craft brew styles: Wheat, Brown, Porter and IPA. These non-alcoholic truffles authentically evoke the rich, nutty sweet, dark and intense, and fresh and hoppy flavor profiles associated with these beer styles.
“Chocolate and beer are naturals for pairing because their characteristics work so well together. Rich and fatty cocoa butter is a great companion to beer’s intense flavors and carbonation. Plus, both make us feel good,” said Julian Rose, Master Chocolatier for Moonstruck Chocolate. “Each of these craft beer styles has a signature flavor profile that we’ve captured in a single taste experience.”
Deschutes Brewery® Black Butte Porter Truffles
A dark beer with a light hop bitterness and a roasted chocolate finish, Deschutes Brewery’s Black Butte Porter was a natural choice for Chef Rose’s inspiration. Rose recreated the beer’s intense, complex flavors and creamy mouthfeel with a blend of Moonstruck dark and milk chocolate ganache and a Black Butte Porter reduction.
Full Sail Brewing Co.® IPA Truffles
Full Sail Brewing’s IPA is an Indian pale ale with aromas of citrus that lead to a light, malty body and a crisp, hoppy finish. Chef Rose recreated the hop-forward flavor of this ganache with a crafty blend of milk, dark and ivory chocolates and just the right amount of beer reduction to bring out the full IPA flavor.
Rogue Ales® Hazelnut Brown Nectar Truffles
A twist on the traditional European brown ale, Rogue Ale’s Hazelnut Brown Nectar features the aroma of roasted hazelnuts and a smooth, malty finish. Chef Rose’s Hazelnut Brown Truffle blends Moonstruck milk chocolate ganache with a generous amount of roasted hazelnut praline, malts and hop, and just a hint of coffee to bring forward the nutty beer flavor.
Widmer Brothers Brewing® Hefeweizen Truffles
The original American Hefeweizen, Widmer Brother’s “Hefe” delivers rich wheat and yeast flavors with hints of citrus in the finish. For Chef Rose, this inspired a ganache made from a balanced blend of Moonstruck white chocolate and a whisper of dark chocolate, to bring forward the bready notes and aroma that are distinct to this beer’s style.
Moonstruck Chocolate’s Oregon Craft Brewers Collection is packaged in a 12 piece collection. It will be available online at www.MoonstruckChocolate.com beginning Sept. 9, at select national retailers, in four Moonstruck Chocolate Cafés in Oregon, and at the St. John’s store in North Portland. For more information, please call 800.557.6666.
About Moonstruck Chocolate Co.
Moonstruck Chocolate Co. creates its signature artisan chocolate confections from its main location at the foot of the historic St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon. Sourcing superior quality cocoa and incorporating the finest and freshest ingredients from the Pacific Northwest and beyond, Moonstruck creates confections that delight the senses and nourish the imagination. Each piece is crafted, decorated and packaged by hand, providing a unique chocolate experience every time. Moonstruck Chocolate is available nationwide at select retailers, online at www.MoonstruckChocolate.com and at four Moonstruck Chocolate Cafés in Oregon.
About Deschutes Brewery
Named as OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work in both 2013 and 2014, Deschutes Brewery was founded in 1988 as a brew pub in Bend, Oregon. Still family and employee owned 27 years later, the brewery is known for brewing a diverse line-up of award winning beers including the popular Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale. From the beginning, the focus has been on crafting the best beer and food using only the finest ingredients. In 2008, the brewery opened a second pub in Portland’s Pearl District. Deschutes Brewery now ships beer to 28 states, the District of Columbia, and around the world from its main brewing facility located on the banks of the Deschutes River. To find out more, visit www.DeschutesBrewery.com.
About Full Sail Brewing Company
Founded in 1987, the independent Full Sail Brewery is perched on a bluff in Hood River, Oregon, overlooking the most epic wind and kite surfing spot in the world. Over the last 28 years, Full Sail has collected more than 300 national and international awards for their beers and sustainable practices, including 150 gold medals, and was recently named Craft Brewer of the Year by Beverage World Magazine for their years of “sustainable stewardship, quality, consistency and operational ingenuity.” Among the company’s most popular brews are Full Sail Amber, IPA, Pilsner, Pub Series, Session Lager, Session Black and Session Series beers. At this very moment their specialists in the liquid refreshment arts are crafting barley and hops into your next beer. The Full Sail Brew Pub is open seven days a week. Swing by for a pint, grab a bite, tour the brewery, or just soak up the view.
About Rogue Ales & Spirits
Rogue Ales & Spirits is an agri-fermenter founded in Oregon in 1988 as one of America’s first microbreweries. Rogue has won more than 1,700 awards for taste, quality and packaging and is available in all 50 states as well as 50 countries. Since 2008, Rogue has remained committed to saving the terroir of Oregon hops, barley, rye, wheat, honey, jalapeños, and pumpkins one acre at a time by growing its own.
About Widmer Brothers Brewing
Widmer Brothers Brewing was founded in 1984 in Portland, Ore. Brothers Kurt and Rob Widmer, with help from their dad, Ray, helped lead the Pacific Northwest craft beer movement when they began brewing unique interpretations of traditional German beer styles. In 1986, Widmer Brothers Brewing introduced the original American-style Hefeweizen, which elevated the brewery to national acclaim. Since then, Hefe (pronounced: “hay-fa”) has grown to become Oregon’s favorite craft beer and the brewery has continued to push the boundaries, developing beers with an unapologetic, uncompromised commitment to innovation. The brewery currently brews a variety of award-winning beers including Hefe, Upheaval IPA, Alchemy Pale Ale, Drop Top Amber Ale, a full seasonal lineup, and a series of limited-edition beers. For more information about Widmer Brothers Brewing, visit www.widmerbrothers.com.