A quartet of luscious beer truffles, plus two spots to pair brew and chocolate.
Chicago: At Truffle Truffle, chocolatier Nicole Greene folds Rogue Chocolate Stout into milk chocolate ganache, covers it in chocolate and rolls it in crushed pretzels for her Beer & Pretzel Truffles (top left). (Addicts can also munch on her pretzel-beer brittle, marshmallows and caramels.)
Phillipsburg, Mont.: Dark chocolate and Big Sky Moose Drool form the luscious center of Sweet Palace’s Premium Moose Truffles (top right). Montana beer lovers have been gobbling them up for 12 years.
Madison, Wis.: Great Dane Pub & Brewery infuses a line of four chocolates with its suds: Don’t miss the citrusy Crop Circle Wheat (bottom right), a milk-chocolate-coated ganache made with lemon zest, clove and the beer of the same name.
San Francisco: The Socola sisters’ velvety Stout Beer Truffles (bottom left) get their earthy edge from Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout.
PAIR ‘EM: At the Gothic-style Holy Grale in Louisville, Ky., plunk down $10 for a trio of delectable craft beers paired with local Cellar Door Chocolates: An espresso truffle embraces the roasty Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, the floral Zinnebir from Belgium’s new Brasserie de la Senne counters a pistachio liqueur confection, and toffee-sweet Kulmbacher Eisbock harmonizes with a sea-salt caramel. In Cleveland, visit Lilly Handmade Chocolates for thrice-weekly beer-chocolate tastings starring the shop’s silky, nutty, oozy creations and the 200-plus artisanal beers and meads that line the shelves. Don’t miss the Maui Wowie confection (Madagascar vanilla bean, Hawaiian black lava sea salt and white chocolate) with Southern Tier Java Stout.