A year ago, two famous Pennsylvania companies – Yuengling and Hershey’s Chocolate announced a one of a kind beer collaboration – Yuengling Hershey’s Chocolate Porter. Much to the chagrin of fans of either, it was limited to draft-only, in a handful of locations.
Because 2020 needed good news, this month Yuengling unveiled bottles, destined for wide distribution.
The base beer is Yuengling’s nearly 200-year-old Porter recipe, plus “the world-famous taste of Hershey’s chocolate. Sadly for yet another year we still don’t have answers on the brewing process, but this year – we finally tasted it.
Once you crack open a bottle of Hershey’s Porter, you’re hit with the undeniable smell of Hershey’s chocolate. If you’ve ever toured the factory, or in my case – grew up going to Hershey Park on marching band trips, you’ll never forget that sweet and unique smell. (Yes.. marching band. Keep reading.)
The flavor is equally as real and rich as the smell. The roasty flavor of Yuengling Porter (one of the two beers first introduced by the brewery in 1829) blends beautifully with the Hershey Chocolate flavor. The success of this beer lies in the instantly addictive burst of Hershey’s aroma and flavor. It’s really uncanny.
Chocolate beers in the brewing world are abundant, so when one stands out like this, it’s a gift. Yuengling Porter and Hershey’s are equal partners in flavor. For that reason, it’s a collaboration that truly works.
Yuengling Hershey’s Chocolate Porter is a limited release in 12-ounce bottles and draft.
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8th Wonder Viet-Irish Coffee debuts at the Houston, Texas brewery this weekend.
This first bottle release by 8th Wonder is indeed a big one, especially since the brewery calls this beer Imperial Rocket Fuel. Viet-Irish Coffee is based on year-round Rocket Fuel, a 4.6% alcohol robust porter brewed with Greenway Coffee and milk sugar.
This imperial edition features the same locally roasted Greenway Coffee and aged in Jameson Whiskey barrels.
8th Wonder Viet-Irish Coffee will be available in 22-ounce bottles and draft when the brewery opens on Saturday, January 25th.
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Terrapin Liquid Bliss, the brewery’s chocolate peanut butter porter is making a return this year.
Some of you might remember this peanut buttery release as Terrapin Side Project #14 from 2014.
The cocoa nibs are the same found in Moo-Hoo from Olive & Sinclair in Nashville, Tennessee. Combine that with peanut butter powder, and dessert is served. A powdered form of peanut butter is used because fats and oils from regular peanut butter would make the beer oily, and flat when you pour it.
The brewery is releasing about 800 barrels across their entire market, making it a fairly limited release.
Terrapin Liquid Bliss is available in 12-ounce cans and draft.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Year Round. Entire Terrapin Distribution.
Latest Return: January 2019
NoDa Captain Peanut Butter’s Chocolate Revenge returns to the brewery’s lineup again on January 25th.
The Charlotte, North Carolina based brewery touts this release as the “The chocolatey-est, most peanut buttery” version of this beer to date. NoDa Captain Peanut Butter’s Chocolate Revenge is an imperial porter brewed with cocoa nibs and peanut butter. You really can’t go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter.
A big, malty and smooth Imperial Porter brewed with a massive load of cocoa nibs to give dark chocolate notes and roasted peanut butter to add a rich twist to this imposing dark beer.
NoDa Captain Peanut Butter’s Chocolate Revenge is a taproom-only release, in 16-ounce cans on January 25th at 2 pm.
Creature Comforts Koko Buni, the brewery’s coveted milk porter, returns to cans again in mid-December.
One of the first seasonals by the Athens, Georgia based brewery, Creature Comforts Koko Buni is a milk porter, aged on toasted coconut and cocoa nibs Condor Chocolates and coffee from nearby 1000 Faces. This late fall season has been overwhelmingly popular since its debut a few years ago. We’ve seen fistfights over Koko cans at retailers.
2018 is the first production run after the brewery brought their new production facility online, so fans should expect a little more “Buni” to go around this year.
“We decided not to be traditional with the beer and add some ingredients that play well with the already roasty and chocolatey flavors of darker beers.” -Co-Founder and Head Brewer David Stein.
Coffee lovers will find a home here. Koko Buni starts heavy on the 1000 Faces coffee, and turns chocolatey mid-sip, finishing with a wisp of coconut.
Creature Comforts Koko Buni will be a seasonal draft and 12-ounce can offering, available at the brewery and Georgia retailers again in mid-December, 2018.
Koko means coconut in Papiamento, a common language in parts of the Carribean, while Buni means coffee in Swahili, a common language in southeastern Africa.
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Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter will return again in January, coinciding with the brewery’s Maple Bacon Festival.
The cult favorite in the Florida brewery’s lineup, Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter is brewed with maple syrup, freshly roasted coffee, and bacon. It was an instant fan hit, has any beer with the word “bacon” in it, usually is.
The festival kicks off at 12 pm on January 12th, 2019.
VIP Tickets are $225 dollars and include VIP entry, as well as 12 bottles of Maple Bacon Coffee Porter. Regular Tickets are $110 and include 4 bottles. No bottle tickets are $55 dollars.
Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter is available in 22oz bottles and draft, only available at the brewery.
6.4% ABV, 35 IBUS
Unknown Brewing The Teleporter will be available in cans for the first time on September 28th.
The brewery’s robust porter is brewed with cocoa nibs from Asheville, North Carolina’s French Broad Chocolates and coffee from Enderly Coffee Company.
These ingredients give this beer a wonderful nose of coffee and chocolate, a creamy tan head, and rich mocha taste.
Look for Unknown Brewing The Teleporter in 16-ounce cans in the brewery’s taproom in Charlotte, North Carolina starting September 28th.