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Beer and chocolate: Black Dog announce a delicious experiment in Wellington

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – To celebrate the release of its sixth Experimental Range including Bean Me Up mocha stout and Lone Wolf Citra IPA, Black Dog announces a one-off tasting event in partnership with the Wellington Chocolate Factory.

Bean Me Up mocha stout combines Wellington favourites – local beer, coffee and chocolate. Made for chocolate lovers, Bean Me Up is a smooth and creamy stout offering a punchy collision of chocolate and coffee. Lone Wolf Citra IPA, the second release in Black Dog’s single hop series has a contrasting flavour profile, using Citra hops from the US to create a zesty beer. This single hop brew incorporates spicy flavours with tangelo on the nose, followed by a pronounced naval orange character on the palate.

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The two-part event dubbed ‘Bean Me Up’ will take place on Thursday 25th July at Wellington Chocolate Factory and neighbouring Black Dog Brewery. Exploring the unique pairing of chocolate and beer, Top Dog, Adrian Klemp and Wellington Chocolate Factory’s legendary Co-Founder, Gabe Davidson will take guests through an interactive tasting where they can create their own beer infused chocolate.

“We are extremely excited to share one of our most anticipated collaborations yet”, comments Black Dog’s Top Dog, Adrian Klemp. “Bean Me Up is a fusion of the unique taste profiles of both beer and chocolate, brought to life with Wellington Chocolate Factory, a company who like us, care about the quality and taste of every product produced.”

“Black Dog was founded to create ground-breaking alternatives to your standard beer selection, and this latest Experimental Range does just that.”

As the beating heart of both brands, Te Aro in Wellington makes for the perfect spot to host the exclusive Bean Me Up event. During the two-part event, guests will be guided through the ins and outs of the beer and chocolate creation process before having the opportunity to create their own hand-made beer infused chocolate at Wellington Chocolate Factory. From here, guests will head to Black Dog Brewery to delve into a single-hop beer tasting, heroing Lone Wolf Citra IPA alongside a handful of other small batch brews.

Wellington Chocolate Factory Co-Founder, Gabe Davidson is thrilled to share the collaboration with Wellingtonians, “We are very excited to release our collaboration with Black Dog, another likeminded, creative Wellington brand. While it may seem an unlikely pairing to some, we think there’s nothing quite like the blend of chocolate and beer to stimulate the palate, and this event will give guests the chance to flip the flavours on their head and create something of their own.”

The new Experimental Range will be available on tap from July at Black Dog’s Cuba Street brewery and at selected bars nationwide. Beer enthusiasts will need to get in quick as the two limited-edition brews are only available while kegs last.