After three years of partnering with Graeter’s Ice Cream, with styles ranging from stouts to sours, we’re thrilled to announce that we’re releasing a brand new creation in 2020! Joining forces once again with Cincinnati’s favorite ice cream family, this collaboration is about to get a unique, chocolate-covered twist.
Introducing Graeter’s Black Cherry Chocolate Chip White Stout. A decadent dessert beer crafted in perfect harmony with notes of luscious black cherries and creamy dark chocolate. An indulgent, medium-bodied white stout, delightfully reminiscent of the classic chocolate covered cherry.
On Friday, February 28th, we’re releasing this handcrafted creation with our friends at Graeter’s in the Taproom! Utilizing a special beer style, new, premium ingredients, and a new can size, the Black Cherry Chocolate Chip White Stout is a succulent addition to the impressive lineup of Graeter’s beers over the past three years.
2020 is a year full of fresh changes to our Graeter’s collaboration. Below we answered some of the most common questions below about this new release, our partnership, and where you can get your hands on this delectable creation.
What does the Black Cherry Chocolate Chip White Stout taste like?
Featuring flavors of sweet cherry, rich chocolate and forgoing the dark roasted malts of the typical stout, we’ve created a uniquely delicious dessert beer inspired by a Graeter’s favorite – Black Cherry Chocolate Chip.
We added 6,000 pounds of cherry puree to this delightful treat before it was conditioned on cacao nibs, resulting in a beautifully crafted 7.4% ABV and 30 IBU white stout. In the end, the beer we created is inspired and clearly reminiscent of the classic sweet treat, a chocolate covered cherry.
What exactly is a white stout?
Normally, a stout’s flavor, aroma, and color are derived from the judicious use of several varieties of dark roasted malts. A white stout is crafted by omitting those dark, roasted malts and replacing them with cocoa nibs and coffee beans to bring forward the strong aroma and flavors that stouts are known for. The main difference is the color of a white stout – they tend to have a deep straw to gold color.
In the case of Graeter’s Black Cherry Chocolate Chip White Stout, a heavy handed addition of sweet cherry puree is added directly to the fermenter creating a beautiful mahogany / cherry red color. In the end, this ice cream classic turned beer is a stout that brings forward heavy notes of cherry and chocolate with light notes of roast and coffee for the perfect balance.
“We decided on a white stout because the style lends itself to those premium ingredients we wanted to use in collaboration with Graeter’s” said Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer Evan Rouse. “The beer itself is a new step in what we’re able to create with dessert beers when it comes to our partnership with the legendary ice cream family.”
Why did Braxton change to 16oz cans?
We’ve enjoyed three amazing years of handcrafted creations with our friends at Graeter’s Ice Cream. After producing some old favorites and a new summertime treat last year, we knew that we wanted to go big in 2020 with premium, one-of-a-kind flavors in a larger package that provides our fans even more of this amazing product.
The focus this year is bigger and bolder styles while honing in on those ice cream flavors that have made Graeter’s the cornerstone brand that we are honored to call partners. As we continue to move throughout the year, you’ll see that this collaboration has evolved to highlight our specialties at Braxton, while keeping true to the foundation of this partnership – two family businesses building high quality, hand-crafted creations.
When is this beer released and what’s happening at the Taproom?
Braxton and Graeter’s fans will be able to get their hands on 4-pack 16oz cans of the latest creation starting on Friday, February 28th. During the release weekend, the Taproom at Braxton will play host weekend of exciting ice cream themed events and activations! Check out the weekend lineup below and be sure to join the Facebook event for all the details and updates.
On Friday, February 28th we will be hosting Graeter’s for a special donut bar starting at 7:30am in the Taproom. Our friends at Coffee Emporium will also be bringing a latte bar to pair with your donuts and Black Cherry Chocolate Chip White Stout pints. 4-packs of the Graeter’s Black Cherry Chocolate Chip White Stout will be available all day long!
Then, on Saturday, February 29th, we will be opening early for the Covington Farmers Market. Then, you can enjoy Black Cherry Chocolate Chip ice cream sampling, an ice cream-themed photo booth, and starting at 7pm there will be a DJ in the Taproom to keep the party rolling. It’s an all-day party you won’t want to miss!
To round out the weekend, Sunday, March 1st will feature a delectable Sundae bar complete with chocolate fountain and all the trimmings. Later in the afternoon we will even be getting a special visit from the Cincinnati Zoo that’s as cold as the ice cream we’re serving – a penguin will be joining us in the Taproom! Bring the whole family out for sundaes, check out the penguin, and take home your 4-pack (or two) of the newest release!
When can I get my hands on a 4-pack of this new collaboration?
Graeter’s Black Cherry Chocolate Chip White Stout will be available at your local Kroger stores in all of our distribution markets! Be sure to stop in and pick up your 4-pack of 16oz cans for $13.99. If you’re having trouble finding this delightfully sweet white stout, check out Braxton’s Beer Finder to locate the nearest retailer with available 4-packs, or you can contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow Braxton on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to keep up with news around the latest Graeter’s release, and join the release party all weekend in the Taproom on 2/28 to get the first taste of the newest collaborative handcrafted creation from Braxton Brewing Company and Graeter’s Ice Cream!