Artsy guy here. This is not a trick. I am serious. Beer-infused chocolate! But I'll get to that soon...
I was headed to the Ft. Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn to see a show. (The Nightmare Story by The Pigpen Theatre Co. at Irondale Theatre. Go! You won't be sorry! It closes October 28.) And I remembered hearing of a place during Craft Beer Week NYC: Nunu Chocolates. (They were also pouring some really great suds at the Atlantic Antic street fair a couple weeks back. Intriguing!)
So! You might remember a brief encounter during NY Belgian Fest where we learned about pairing beers with chocolate. Nunu takes this to a whole new level and infuses chocolate ganache filling with the essence of a rotating selection of amazing craft beers. On this visit, the selection used in the chocolates included Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA, Ommegang Witte, Post Road Pumpkin, Sixpoint Rye, and a couple fab selections from Pretty Things. As I tucked into my treats with a mug of Founders Porter, I bit into some cacao. The chocolate was definitely in the forefront, but there were hints of each brew in their respective bon bon. The piney tang from the Union Jack. The smoky rye from the Sixpoint. A hint of pumpkin spice from the Post Road. Such a treat! And while you sip on a great craft beer or a glass of wine or a hot coffee OR an old fashioned egg cream, you can watch the staff make the goodies. You'll pay what you would expect to pay for quality artisinal chocolates, but it's well worth it! Drop some of these babies in the plastic jack-o-lantern or pillowcase of your favorite craft beer lovin' (of age) trick-or-treater.
And while Nunu is a great stop in itself, the area is rich in crafty goodness. Within easy walking distance is Pacific Standard (featured by the Happy Hour Guys here) and Bierkraft (a store with more). Both amazing craft beer haunts.
And THAT'S what's HOPpenin', y'all! Cheers!