Harviestoun Brewery celebrate their 30th anniversary this year. I’m a bit of a fan of their beers; their Ola Dubh beer was my first ever Monster Beer post, and my first all grain homebrew was an attempted clone of their Bitter & Twisted.
With Easter just around the corner, they’ve decided to do something a bit different. After a recent beer and chocolate pairing session, in which the favourite match was Harviestoun’s Ola Dubh 18 and a 75% Madagascar, Harvieston commissioned local artisan chocolatiers The Chocolate Tree to create some limited edition beer chocolates using that same combination.
Only 40 boxes were made, each one containing 6 foil-wrapped eggs weighing about 50 grams. Each egg is actually two chocolates, consisting of a Criollo and Trinitario cacao shell around a soft centre made from the Madagascar mixed with Ola Dubh 18 beer. The signature fruitiness of Madagascar chocolate comes through beautifully, and the subtle taste of beer adds another layer of flavour.
The eggs won’t be available to buy but you have lots of opportunities to win!
Harviestoun have offered a box of their limited edition Ola Dubh 18 chocolate and beer Easter eggs to one lucky Pete Drinks reader. The prize includes free delivery within the UK.
HOW TO ENTER
You can enter the competition in 3 ways:
Entry 1 – Blog Comment
Leave a comment below, telling me what beer you would pair with chocolate.
Entry 2 – Facebook
Like the Pete Drinks facebook page and leave a (separate) comment on this blog post with your Facebook user name.
Entry 3 – Twitter
Follow @PeteDrinks and @HarviestounBrew on Twitter (if you’re not already!), then tweet the (exact) sentence below.
I’d love to win a box of Ola Dubh 18 Easter Eggs from PeteDrinks and @HarviestounBrew! http://goo.gl/ulCrJ #PeteDrinksOlaDubh
(Please do not add the @PeteDrinks twitter handle into the tweet; I track entries using the hashtag. And you don’t need to leave a blog comment about your tweet either, thanks!)
RULES & DETAILS
You must be over 18 to enter this competition.
The deadline for entries is midnight GMT Saturday 23rd March 2013.
The winners will be selected from all valid entries using a random number generator.
Entry instructions form part of the terms and conditions.
The prize is a box of Ola Dubh 18 Chocolate Easter Eggs and includes free delivery within the UK.
The prize cannot be redeemed for a cash value.
The prize is offered and provided by Harviestoun Brewery.
Where prizes are to be provided by a third party, Pete Drinks accepts no responsibility for the acts or defaults of that third party.
One blog entry per person only. One Twitter entry per person only. One Facebook entry per person only. You do not have to enter all three ways for your entries to be valid.
For Twitter entries, winners must be following @PeteDrinks and @HarviestounBrew at the time of notification. For Facebook entries, winners must Like the Pete Drinks facebook page at time of notification.
Blog comment entries must provide a valid email address for contacting the winner.
The winners will be notified by email, Twitter or Facebook. If no response is received within 7 days of notification, the prize will be forfeit and a new winner will be picked and contacted.
OTHER WAYS TO WIN
If you’re not lucky in my competition, there are other ways to get your hands on one of these beautiful boxes:
- Kavey Eats is also giving away a box on her blog
Harviestoun are running a competition on their own website, here
Harviestoun are also running a twitter competition. All tweets featuring the hashtag #OlaDubhEasterEggs between now and Monday 25th March will be automatically entered.
There’s no competition on their Facebook page, but why not go ahead and Like it anyway for news about their latest products and projects?
Pete Drinks received a sample of these tasty eggs from Harvieston Brewery!
These sound excellent! I’d pair a dark chocolate with magic rock bearded lady or milk with Leeds midnight bell
This would depend on what the chocolate is if its a milk chocolate id pair it with a cold Fosters or if its a dark chocolate I would pair it with John Smiths
I have liked your page on facebook Jane Templeman
I am following you both and i have retweeted @tigerfanjane
Bitter & Twisted for 2 reasons.
1) For a ‘lower alcohol’ option to complement these Ola Dubh 18s.
2) For the lighter flavour notes that would go down well with anyone I’m sharing with who is more of a mainstream, lager drinker. Of course, only a very special person would get a share :-).
Oh, and the chocolate would be really dark and be served sightly below room temperature to get the flavours to build in my mouth.
I’m feeling peckish now….
I’d currently pair some Mini Eggs with Quantock Brewery Wills Neck! 🙂
Facebook Username: steveprentice
I would pair these delicious chocolates with a bottle of sumptuous The Bruery Black Tuesday 2011:
The Bruery Black Tuesday 2011 [baron rating 5/5] – 18.3% black ale,vanilla choc smell,boozy velvety coffee choc taste,warming smooth finish
Sounds a perfect match to me!
Listen to what we thought about it here
I would have either a Maui Coconut Porter or a pint of Camden Ink – both go well with chocolate!
I’d pair them with Stortebeker Stark-bier, which is kind of a cross between a Dunkel Doppelbock and a Baltic Stout, and should balance it nicely.
I’d pair the eggs with some Dark Star Imperial Stout a personal favourite at the moment.
Facebook entry. Adrian Barnett
Following and tweeting @PhillipsBarrie
Coniston number 9
The beer has a slight orange nose which would pick up the fruit in the chocolate whilst being an equal partner to the rich qualities of the beer / chocolate combination. Indulgence … Just as Easter should be!
I would be going an intense dark choc with a Belgian Framboise as there is nothing better in this world than choc and raspberries!
Hmmm… chocolate… something fruity. Floris Mango. Mango chocolate. DELICIOUS.
I like a peroni with dessert 🙂 lovely & light & tastes fab when really chilled 🙂
liked on fb as Katie Skeoch
There is a company called Merry Berry chocolates and the choc is produced by beer lovers who make the chocs with beer in mind. So many wonderful choices including Cracked Black Pepper choc with a lambic Kriek; Aniseed choc with Titanic’s stout. Mixed fruit & spice with Fuller’s Vintage Ale. Lemongrass white choc with Taiphoon by Hop Back Brewery. And of course Ola Dubh beer with those choccies you listed above!
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