Big Storm Brewing & William Dean Chocolates Collaborate on Unnamed Chocolate Beer

image003Big Storm Brewing Co. (Clearwater, Florida) recently partnered with William Dean Chocolates (Belleair BluffsFlorida) to brew a yet-to-be-named Chocolate Stout, and they are currently holding a contest to allow the public to name this very special beer.

Created to be a beautiful beer and chocolate pairing worthy of release on World Chocolate Day (Saturday, October 28), this new, Limited Release offering from Big Storm Brewing Co. was crafted with only the finest chocolates from William Dean Chocolates, “the company that made the chocolates featured in the movie Hunger Games.” Aptly described as a “Toffee Chocolate Stout”, this garnet-hued, deep black Stout possesses “flavors of sweet toffee and caramelized sugar [that] pair together with a hint of rich, indulgent chocolate.”

“Like most endeavors, it takes some time and experimentation to find the right balance between flavors like chocolate and beer,” said Head Brewer Joel Moore from Big Storm Brewery. “Sometimes the most fun and challenging part is finding the perfect recipe for a new crafted ale.”
“The subtle nuances of chocolate are exciting for me,” said Bill Brown, Founder of William Dean Chocolates. “While it took several attempts to get this chocolate stout just right, the final product is an excellent example of pairing great flavors together.”

The only thing that this Toffee Chocolate Stout is missing is a name, and you can help solve this problem by participating in the brewery’s naming contest.  This offering will officially be available in both Big Storm taprooms (Pasco and Pinellas) beginning on October 28, and fans are encouraged “to try the beer and get their creative juices flowing.”  Once you have decided on the perfect name for this beer, you can submit it directly to  The person who comes up with the winning name “will receive a private 8-person Big Storm Brewery tour, a tap handle for the new beer, a 20-piece box of William Dean chocolates and a supply of the new Big Storm-William Dean beer.”  Entrants must be 21 and up and names can be submitted until 10 a.m. on November 13.  The winner and beer name will be revealed at Big Storm Brewery in Clearwater on Thursday, November 16.

When you break it all down, you are basically being asked to try a decadent and delicious Stout for the chance to win a beer and chocolate-filled experience from Big Storm and William Dean Chocolates.  Talk about a big ask and some tough times, y’all. In all seriousness, be sure to swing by one of the Big Storm taprooms between October 28 and November 13 to try this exclusive Toffee Chocolate Stout and participate in the naming contest.  Prost!