Boulevard Brewing Co. Brings Chocolate Ale Back in Time for Valentine’s Day

Boulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Chocolate Ale (2021), a special collaboration project with Christopher Elbow Chocolates, in late January 2021.

Developed nearly ten years ago to serve as the “perfect Valentine’s Day gift” for beer lovers, Chocolate Ale (2021) is an American Strong Ale featuring Valrhona [chocolate] from the Dominican Republic, prized for its robust flavor and aroma, . . . in the form of nibs, or crushed, roasted beans, . . . incorporated into the brewing process itself.” Weighing in at 8.7% ABV, Chocolate Ale “[harmonizes] the interplay of chocolate and malt, with each supporting and enhancing, but not overwhelming, the other.”

We wanted to update the artwork and make it a little more special as this beer is a limited release that leads up to Valentine’s Day, often being a beer used to celebrate the occasion. The previous design heavily played into the unwrapping of a chocolate bar, so I tried to keep that general vibe while making the design more sophisticated and fancy, especially since this is a collaboration with Christopher Elbow and they are known for delicious and beautifully crafted chocolate offerings.

The gold pattern in the background of the diamond label is a direct nod to the designs that decorate some of the gorgeous chocolates made by the Elbow team. The update to the typography is meant to reinforce the smoothness and chocolate aspects of the beer while elevating the brand and allowing this to be a special gift item.”

– Eric McLaughlin, Graphic Designer at Boulevard Brewing Co.

Chocolate Ale (2021) released in Kansas City on January 18 and will enter wider distribution shortly after that date. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located throughout Boulevard’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Chocolate Ale (2021) from Boulevard Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Smokestack Series; January 18, 2021
Style – American Strong Ale
ABV – 8.7%
IBUs – 11
Malts – Pale & Cara Wheat
Hops – Columbus & Cascade
Added Ingredients – Valrhona cacao nibs & vanilla
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/finder/