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Eel River Brewing Company, Humboldt Bay Coffee, and Dick Taylor Chocolate – all local Humboldt businesses – have come together to create a new kind of product.
It’s a chocolate and coffee beer called the Single Origin Mocha Stout.
The brewing company experimented with 7 different types of chocolate and 7 different kinds of coffee to get it just right.
“It’s a really cool concept of local artisans and people making really high end products coming together and just showing everybody what Humboldt County is capable of,” said Eel River Brewing Company Operations Manager, Matt Vivatson, “Not just in a beer, not just in coffee or chocolate, but how we come together as a community and put out a really cool, unique product.”
The product was released Wednesday at the Eel River Brewing Company Pub and Thursday at Bittersweet in Arcata.
After that it will available throughout the county.
Link to the Article and the Video can be found Here.
A uniquely brewed beer was recently developed with the collaboration of three local businesses.
It’s called the single origin mocha stout — produced by Eel River Brewing and packed with Humboldt Bay Coffee Company’s single origin Peruvian roast and Dick Taylor Chocolate’s single origin Madagascar cacao.
Based in the small town of Scotia with a pub in Fortuna, Eel River Brewing specializes in craft brew and was the first certified organic brewery in the country.
For years the brew masters wanted to expand their selection to encompass a chocolate-coffee-milk stout designed to utilize the smooth and creamy finishing characteristics of a nitro poured brew. They also wanted to develop a local collaboration program to source high-quality ingredients.
“We knew we had these awesome local companies, Humboldt Bay Coffee and Dick Taylor Chocolate, that were making fantastic things in their own industry, and they’re awesome people,” said Eel River Brewing operations manager, Matt Vivatson. “So we said, this is what we want to do and we came together and it was a piece of cake.”
The beer was launched at Eel River Brewing’s pub on Wednesday night. Humboldt Bay Coffee’s Director of Marketing and Graphic Design Sonny Wong was live painting at the event. He’s previously worked with Eel River, designing the artwork for their popular Emerald Triangle IPA. Wong’s finished art piece will highlight the three businesses and serve as the tap sticker and artwork for the new brew.
“We’re super beer fanatics,” said Wong. “So anything with beer we’re cool with. And we knew they would make an awesome product and they did.”
And although the collaboration was a no-brainer, when you’re using ingredients beyond malt and hops, the process becomes more complex and requires precise brewing methods.
“It’s not just chocolate bars they stuck in the beer,” said Dustin Taylor the creative director and co-owner of Dick Taylor Chocolate. “You really need the husk (the shell of the cocoa bean), as well as the roasted nibs, that they used in a separate process. So those two things are something very unique we were able to add to the process.”
In this LoCO Video Report we learn more about the companies involved, how the beer is created, why it’s a point of significance in the quality of products being made in Humboldt, and the power of working together.
You can watch the video for this report Here.
Eel River Brewing Company, Dick Taylor Craft Chocolates, and Humboldt Bay Coffee join forces to produce chocolate, coffee beer
Single Origin Mocha Stout release parties to be held at Eel River Brewing Company Pub and Restaurant in Fortuna on Wed, Feb 1 and at the Local Cider Bar in the Bittersweet building in Arcata on Thursday, Feb 2
SCOTIA, CA – Eel River Brewing Company has partnered with Eureka businesses, Dick Taylor Craft Chocolates and Humboldt Bay Coffee Company to produce, Single Origin Mocha Stout – a smooth, roasty, chocolate and coffee enhanced milk stout. Single Origin Madagascar Cacao from Dick Taylor and Single Origin Peruvian Roast from Humboldt Bay Coffee are used throughout the brewing process. The result is a rich, creamy milk stout – designed to be poured on nitro tap.
The trio of businesses will be celebrating the release of Single Origin Mocha Stout on Wed, Feb 1 at Eel River Brewing’s pub in Fortuna. Local artist and team member at Humboldt Bay Coffee, Sonny Wong, will be painting live from 6pm to 8pm. The final art piece will serve as the tap sticker and artwork for the beer itself. An additional party is planned for 6pm at the Local Cider Bar in the Bittersweet building in Arcata on Thursday, Feb 2. Representatives from the businesses will be present at both events to toast the occasion.
This truly Humboldt collaboration was the brainchild of Eel River’s brewers, Matt Vivatson and Michael Smith. The concept of a chocolate, coffee milk stout designed to utilize the smooth and creamy finishing characteristics of a nitro poured brew was one they had been considering for some time. In 2016, the brewery set a goal to develop a local collaboration program – working with neighboring businesses to source ingredients. The idea to reach out and include Dick Taylor Chocolate and Humboldt Bay Coffee for this brew followed shortly thereafter. Both companies are known for creating the highest quality products while maintaining a commitment to sustainability.
Dick Taylor Craft Chocolates is an award-winning, Humboldt-based chocolate company that specializes in small batch, bean-to-bar chocolate. They source fairly-traded cacao and perform all of the steps in-house to turn the raw ingredients into the finest chocolate possible. Dick Taylor’s founders Adam Dick and Dustin Taylor have strong roots in hand-craftsmanship, having put their day jobs as wood workers on hold to pursue life as chocolatiers.
Humboldt Bay Coffee Company roasts the top 1% of the world’s coffee in Old Town Eureka. They source the highest-grade coffee beans including, USDA certified organic, bird-friendly and single-estate coffees. Humboldt Bay is committed to environmental stewardship and producing the most sustainable coffee possible.
Single Origin Mocha Stout is a small batch, limited edition draft only offering. Eel River Brewing will be selling the beer through their network of distributors up and down the entire west coast and in select locations in Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina.
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Eel River Brewing releases Earth Thirst Double IPA
Organic Double IPA brewed in celebration of spring and in support of organic farming, features experimental organic hop, X17
SCOTIA, CA – Eel River Brewing Company announces the release of Organic Earth Thirst Double IPA. Originally brewed in 2010, the beer was designed to celebrate organic hop growers of the Pacific Northwest in commemoration of Earth Day. That year marked the first time the variety of hops needed to produce a traditional, American Double IPA were available locally and organically. This year Eel River has partnered with The Oregon Hophouseto add a special ingredient – and a special message – to their spring release – that is, “Support Organic Farming”.
Eel River Brewing is proud to feature an experimental organic hop, X17, in their most sought-after Double IPA. Balanced by light, warm malt flavors, X17 imparts fruity traits that complement the existing blend of pungent, piney, and floral Pacific Northwest organic hops. The resulting brew, with a hop hefty ABV of 8.2% and 71 IBUs, will be available in April.
Oregon Hophouse owner and farmer, Pat Leavy, notes that X17 has inherited a high tolerance to downy mildew and can be grown without the use of fungicides. He remarks, “Consuming a beer made with organic X17 will be supporting the effort to improve hop growing by reducing the reliance on pesticides.”
Eel River Brewing founder and President, Ted Vivatson, had the chance to visit with Leavy on his farm in September where the two discussed the cooperative relationship between their businesses.
“As trailblazers in the organic craft beer industry – and one of the largest purchasers of organic hops in the world – one of our goals at Eel River Brewing has been to forge relationships with and to support organic farmers. We couldn’t do what we do without them,” Vivatson said.
Leavy views his relationship with Eel River Brewing as essential to his innovation in hop farming. He comments that organic brewers are not being rewarded for the role they play in hop research. Without the brewery’s demand for his organic hops, Leavy wouldn’t have a fiscal incentive to continue with his own research.
With large agriculture and conventional farming methods, crops develop resistance to chemical and synthetic pesticide applications. Leavy puts it simply, “Mother Nature is pretty tough. She always finds a way to get around the pesticides.” Farming organically allows him to continually test and develop organic alternatives to pesticides for use on his conventional crops as well.
Organic Earth Thirst Double IPA will be available in screen-printed 22 ounce bottles and on draft in April for celebration of Earth Day.
Established in 1995, Eel River Brewing is located in the heart of the Redwoods in Humboldt County. They were the first certified organic brewery in the country.