While looking up the history of this celebration of all things Irish and Green, I found it summed up quite nicely on History.com: Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the globe observe St. Patrick’s Day. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green.


            There are hundreds, if not thousands of sites and books devoted to this interesting holiday, so we won’t bore you with the details. However, there is a little something Dallmann Fine Chocolate has to bring a new dimension to this day of celebration; our Beer and Chocolate collection. Featuring beers from mainly San Diego, it’s a local combination which will have you seeing shamrocks!


            The flavors inside this collection are some our deepest, able to pair and contrast with the hops in the local beers. Our award winning Fleur de Sels (Sea Salt Caramels) are right at home, paired with San Diego’s own Stone IPA.


                  Here is what Stone Brewing Co. has to say about its own award winning brew: By definition, an India Pale Ale is hoppier and higher in alcohol than its little brother, pale ale-and we deliver in spades. Now one of the most well respected and best-selling IPAs in the country, this golden beauty explodes with citrusy flavor and hop aromas, all perfectly balanced by a subtle malt character. This crisp, extra hoppy brew is hugely refreshing on a hot day, but will always deliver no matter when you choose to drink it.


                  For the adventurous, our Beer and Chocolate collection have two Bacon and Smoked Applewood Salt truffles. They pair with Ballast Point, Abandon Ship. The two are harmonious because of the shared smoky qualities, making a unique, rich experience which is very different from the hoppy Stone IPA.


                    Ballast Point has a few words to say on their Beer, Abandon Ship: Inspired by the Rauch Bier’s of Bamberg Germany, Abandon Ship Smoked Lager contains German Malted Barley smoked over Beechwood and fermented cold with lager yeast. Imagine a Märzen/Oktoberfest-style base beer with a sweet, smoky aroma and flavor. Deep amber hues and low bitterness help the non-smoked crystal malts compliment, not contrast, the smoky/savory taste of this.


                  Our Caramel Latte is a surprisingly rich and deep flavor, harmoniously creamy and sweet, without being overpowering. We like to pair it with Alesmith Speedway Stout, so that you can enjoy that coffee flavor and aroma to the fullest.


                  Speedway Stout is a Dark beer and very unique. Here is a little bit about its attributes, coined from the brewery itself: Jet Black, with an off-white head. Starts with a strong coffee and dark chocolate sensation, then fades to a multitude of toasty, roasty and caramel malt flavors. Clean and crisp, full- bodied. Warmth from the high alcohol content lightens up the feel. You won't fool your taste buds - this beer is HUGE!


                  Vanilla Bourbon is our last flavor and one of the most delicate in this box of delicious surprises, and it goes with the lone non-San Diego beer in the pairing selections, Allagash Curieux. Hailing from Maine, Allagash Curieux is a very light and delicate beer. Those who have tried it tend to like it for its subtle flavors and easy drinkability.


                  Allagash describes its beer as follows: Allagash Curieux was our first foray into barrel aging. Curieux is made by aging our Tripel Ale in Jim Beam bourbon barrels for eight weeks in our cold cellars. The aged beer is then blended back with a portion of fresh Tripel. The resulting beer is soft with coconut and vanilla notes, with hints of bourbon.


                  This St. Patrick’s day, add some flair to your usual green beer reveling with delicious chocolate and sweet beer pairings. Totally unique and fun, this flavor adventure will have you the talk of the neighborhood for years to come.