A Holiday Chocolate Box for the Craft Beer Lover

Most of us here at the brewery know what a great pairing beer and chocolate can be (as we’ve alluded to before), but we thought it would come as a surprise to others who might think of wine as THE traditional pairing. So to prove our point, we came together with our friends at TCHO (pronounced “choh”) to design the Samuel Adams Beer Lover’s Chocolate Box, a gift box that pairs a premium chocolate style with brews from our Winter Classics Variety Pack. (Who wouldn’t want to find this combo in their stocking?)

Truly the best of both worlds.

TCHO is an artisanal craft chocolate maker in San Francisco. They take their chocolate as seriously as we take our beer, so we jumped at the chance to work with them. TCHO’s Chief Chocolate Maker Brad Kintzer and I sat down to taste, discuss and thoughtfully pair our beers with their wide variety of chocolates.

Comparing both of our respective crafts, Brad and I were amazed by the similarities in the chocolate making process and the brewing process and how complementary the resulting flavors can be.  Many of the flavors found in cocoa and chocolate can also be found in beer, and you can really taste the synergy when they are paired together. For example, my favorite pairing (if I had to pick) was probably our Samuel Adams White Christmas with TCHO’s PureNotes™ Dark “Fruity” – I was surprised by how nicely the berry notes of the chocolate complemented the citrus and wheat characters of the ale.

As many of you know, this is not the first time we’ve brought our crafts together and used the incredible flavors of chocolate and beer to enhance each other. Each holiday season we brew Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock, a smooth, rich and dark beer that is part of our Winter Classics Variety Pack, with a blend of cocoa nibs, including Ecuador nibs from TCHO, to impart complex aromas and flavors.

So what makes the pairing of chocolate and beer so good? For us, it’s the malty sweetness and rich flavors of craft beer that enhance and enrich the flavors of rich premium chocolate. The carbonation of the beer also cleanses our palate from the heavy finish of the chocolate. So after each sip our palate is ready for another taste of sweet chocolate.

We think this assortment of specialty chocolates will prove to any foodie that beer and chocolate are the perfect combination. Want to try it for yourself or grab a gift for your favorite craft beer lover? The Samuel Adams Beer Lover’s Chocolate Box is available by visiting TCHO online with limited quantities also available at the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery gift shop. Our Winter Classics Variety Pack is available through December and can be found by visiting our Find a Sam page.

The Samuel Adams Beer Lover’s Chocolate Box includes 12 8g chocolates, and the first 150 orders will also include two Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glasses.


  • chocbock lover

    yeah, but how about chocolate bock in a 12 pack?

  • Sam’s Lover

    Yes, i agree with chocbock lover that you should offer the Chocolate Bock in a 12 pack! Delicious. C’mon guys!

  • Richard J. Quinn

    I cannot locate an outlet for your Golden Pilsner. For quite awhile it was available here in the southeast but no longer, why? It is the finest beer you have ever crafted! A true “Champagne of Beers” !!!! I have tasted beers throughout Europe and still say to this day, there is no rival to your Golden Pilsner. Bring it back and make it available to the true beer drinkers of America !!!

    • http://www.samueladams.com/ Samuel Adams

      Hi Richard. We haven’t brewed Golden Pilsner in a number of years, but we haven’t ruled out a comeback down the road!

  • ETH

    Where is the chocolate bock in 12 or better yet 24 pack?

  • vern greenfield

    Why dont you make the Chocolate bock year round i would buy it all year long. its that good

  • jim davis

    What happened to the white christmas, I had one six pack then found it by ythe case bought 2 now i cant find anymore, Everyone is telling me they cant get anymore. Such a great beer and it over already.

    • Samuel Adams

      White Christmas had a great run in its first year and likely sold out rather quick in your area (among many other locations).