First, a little Sexual Chocolate #ThrowbackThursday moment for you . . .
Remember those days? Yes, that’s hundreds of people lined up in the January chill for our annual release of Sexual Chocolate. Used to happen every year, when we made a very limited amount and there weren’t a lot of other places to find it. See how good you kids have it today? Of course now there’s a big Courtyard Marriott going up where the back of this line is standing, so lining up would be way more complicated anyway. Fortunately you don’t have to! ‘Now we can make enough that everyone can enjoy it. And Sexual Chocolate Release is still always a lot of fun. Here’s plans for this year’s release, as we celebrate our 15th anniversary:
FRIDAY JANUARY 24
FOOTNOTE — Footnote will be the first place you can try this year’s version of Sexual Chocolate when they open at 8am. And you didn’t think we’d forget the coffee specials did you? Footnote will have:
- Frozen Sexual Chocolate Cold Brew – our frozen Cold Brew Coffee Blended with Sexual Chocolate topped with chocolate bourbon whipped cream
- 50/50 Sexual Chocolate and Cold Brew Nitro Coffee
PUB — Sexual Chocolate will be available for purchase on tap and in bottles ($9.99 + tax) (no limit) at 11am when the pub opens. As usual Chef Shane has whipped up some delectable specials to commemorate the occasion:
- Sexual Chocolate bourbon barrel smoked beef burger with Cheddar cheese, Sexual Chocolate bbq sauce, and fried onion straws
- Coffee braised pulled pork tacos with spinach, smoked pineapple and chipotle lime sour cream
- Wings smoked on Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate barrel staves
- Foothills Coffee Crusted Beef Tenderloin and blackened shrimp with Sexual Chocolate demi, whipped Potatoes, and asparagus
We’ll also have Fruit Smoothie Trio playing from 8pm-12am. AND . . . our annual Bottle Share Party starts at 8 as well. For those of you who don’t know, bottle shares are a mainstay of the craft beer community. It’s a tradition we like to rekindle every year at these releases. It’s simple . . . you bring a bottle (or two) (or three) of your favorite craft beer and share it with everyone, and they do the same. It’s a great way to not only taste some interesting and hard-to-find beers, but also meet like-minded people who share a love of craft beer. The party this year will be held in the private dining room at the front of the pub.
TASTING ROOM — open at 4pm with Sexual Chocolate draft and bottles available. Cydney will also have a special spicy & sweet Sexual Chocolate randall at the bar, running our Russian Imperial Stout through vanilla beans, cinnamon and jalapeño peppers.
SATURDAY JANUARY 25
FOOTNOTE — open 8am, bottles and draft available
PUB — so here’s our big surprise for the year . . . we’ve canned Sexual Chocolate for the first time, and will be selling it at the pub in 4-packs for $12.99 (+ tax). THE PUB IS THE ONLY PLACE CANS WILL BE ON SALE SATURDAY MORNING. You’ll also be able to do a side-by-side comparison of the last few vintages of Sexual Chocolate, as Nicole at the bar will have a special vertical flight featuring Sexual Chocolate from 2018, 2019, and 2020. We’ll even throw in a sample of Olde Rabbit’s Foot from 2017, our collaboration brew with Duck Rabbit and Olde Hickory. We’ll also have Chef Shane’s yummy specials all day, and music from Chasing Daylight Saturday night 10pm-1am.
TASTING ROOM — Bonfire time! The tasting room opens at noon, draft and bottles will be available. Plenty of food options available as well — in addition to Big Mouff Cheesesteaks and Food Freaks of NC food trucks, we’ll have a Make Your Own S’mores bar! SEXUAL CHOCOLATE CANS WILL AVAILABLE STARTING AT 4PM. Then, once it’s dark (6pm-ish), we will light the annual Sexual Chocolate bonfire, with music from Bad Hombres 8-11pm.
NOTE: if you’re looking for gear/glassware with the old Sexual chocolate logo, this weekend is the time to buy. We won’t be making anymore, so get your shirts and glasses while you can.
For over a decade now this has been one of the best annual releases in craft beer — mostly because of you fun people. Come help celebrate another great release this year!
BY THE WAY . . . while you’re celebrating, check out our new Juicy IPA, Festival Express. Brewed with 5 different hops and malted red wheat grown right here in North Carolina.
ONE MORE THING: We got new beanies in. Grab yourself one. #coldbeerwarmhead