Firestone Walker Brewing Company Velvet Merlin, at Thirsty Lion - I once had a bar of cocoa chocolate from Russia. This beer had the same tart chocolate flavor, with a non-annoying delayed, hoppy finish.
I love a dark, boozy beer, but I don't always want something heavy. The Velvet Merkin gives me the vanilla bourbon, and rich chocolate while staying smooth and drinkable.
Great Lakes Brewery is located in Cleveland, NY. The brew house is a beautiful old building that also serves delicious pub fare. The beers range from familiar favorites to unique concoctions. Nice to see they are distributed in our region.
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.: Union Jack IPA ABV) This is a decent IPA, in a land of super good IPAs, not sure how this one captured Gold in CA though. I probably wouldn't have another, but glad I tasted it. Is it Gold Medal Worthy?