Sunday, July 14, 2013

Rockford Brewing Company’s Mocha Porter debuts for Downtown Chocolate Stroll

Written by  Dan VanderKooi
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Rockford Brewing Company’s Mocha Porter debuts for Downtown Chocolate Stroll

Rockford’s “Sweet Chocolat: A Decadent Downtown Chocolate Stroll” was a sold-out success this year, bringing together local shops and bars with specials and promotions and of course, lots of chocolate. Whether it be brownies, fudge, bacon, or beer downtown Rockford has all tastes covered. And yes, I did say bacon - one of the featured shops was offering up chocolate-covered bacon to the masses participating in the stroll.
Numerous Rockford shops participated and we visited them all, whether it be Aunt Candy’s Toy Company or the WAR Chest Boutique, our final stop to be entered in the drawing for $250 plus worth of gifts from local businesses. We also stopped in at Grill One Eleven which we had visited previously from the Rockford Brewing pub crawl. We figured it would be a great place to stop for a beer with great craft selections include nearby Perrin and also MillKing It Productions. Little did we know, we had actually stumbled upon one of the Michigan’s newest nano-breweries, as we were offered a house IPA and Amber to try. So be on the lookout for Grill One Eleven!

Rockford Brewing Company was our most anticipated visit of the stroll and they did not disappoint. Jalapeno and Spinach Dip from next-door Poindexter’s complemented new brews including the Mocha Porter, Blue Collar Porter and Hard Raz (a new spin on the Rock Hard Cider.) Another recent specialty that has been featured is Ain’t Jemima, an 7.6% ABV experimental beer which uses 100% locally tapped Maple sap instead of brewing water for the recipe.

Dan VanderKooi

Dan VanderKooi

Dan VK has been following the Michigan Craft Beer scene since before Oberon has been available in 6-packs. Besides making the rounds at all the local craft breweries and beer bars, Dan also supports the local music scene, reads crime fiction, and enjoys playing volleyball with his wife and friends.