Thursday, July 21, 2016

Right Brain Brewery Brews Beer with Marou Chocolate

Written by  Paul Starr
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At this year’s Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival on July 22nd & 23rd in Ypsilanti, MI, Right Brain Brewery will be doing more than just serving beer. They will also offer samples of the Marou chocolate that was used to make XOCO, an imperial golden ale brewed with Marou dark chocolate and cocoa nibs. XOCO will debut at the beer festival as well. The concept for XOCO derived from the strong relationship building of Right Brain sales rep David Springsteen. “It's what makes the craft beer business so fun; a simple conversation with someone turned it to magic with this beer,” says Springsteen.
XOCO’s golden color is blanketed with a soft hue of chocolate. Cocoa nibs added during aging impart a nutty chocolate aroma, followed by a Vietnamese cocoa flavor. The beer finishes with a subdued boozy flavor, making for a very drinkable 9.2% ABV high gravity ale. “It’s been truly rewarding to see an idea come together with such passion. Right Brain Brewery has surpassed all my expectations,” says Marou Owner/Importer Ewa Mourou, who initiated the collaboration.

Another Right Brain Summer Festival release is a raspberry rhubarb IPA, a collaborative brew they did with Michigan women brewers group, Fermenta. Adventurous beer drinkers will also be able to sample Right Brain’s Great American Beer Festival gold medal winning Mangalitsa Pig Porter.

More information on this weekend’s Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Festival can be found at

Paul Starr

Paul Starr

Paul Starr is the creator of the I'm a Beer Hound and one of the organizer and the driving force behind Art & Craft Beerfest, Lansing Beer Fest, Beerfest at the Ballpark Spring & Fall. When he's not working on Beer Hound he's probably watching the Lions, Tigers or Red Wings. Being a recent new Dad of twins, he doesn't have much extra time these days for mischief.