See, one of my goals that I wrote in my fitbook was to drink less during the week. Namely, limit myself to drinking one weekday. And yet, when there’s a special occasion like this one: NC GPO Big Operator Tour and Belgian Beer Tasting, hosted at one of my favorite Triangle breweries, Big Boss. My resident beer buddy, Melissa, and I headed to Raleigh after work and, after cashing in a coupon for a free pizza at Brixx, hit up Big Boss for our private tour, tasting, and some other shenanigans. For $10, each lady received a tour of the brewery, a tasting of three Belgian style beers, a box of Elemental Chocolates, and a gorgeous etched glass to take home.
Talk about the deal of the century! But, as with all GPO events, the company stole the show.
Oh goodness, the company and the beer.
Big Boss was releasing their divine Big Operator black ale. The brewery describes the beer as so:
Big Operator Belgian Black Raspberry is a full-flavored black ale. The beer is infused with locally roasted cacao from Elemental Chocolate Company of Raleigh with added raspberry overnighted to us from the Pacific North West. Coming in at 8% abv please enjoy responsibly in a chalice of your choosing.
It was a truly decadent brew. It smelled malty and rich, a little chocolatey. I didn’t really get the raspberry on the nose, but when I tasted it, that’s when I got it. It was a hint of fruity perfection. So smooth, and not as boozey as expected. It drank dangerously easy, but no worries, I wasn’t driving.
And the chocolate…. wow! I don’t throw around fondness for chocolate lightly, and tend to be more of a vanilla girl. Well, consider me a convert. From Elemental:
Elemental Chocolate brings you dark chocolate with whole, shelled cocoa bean centers. They are picked by hand. Roasted by hand. Crafted by hand. Just for you.
The company sources direct from co-ops and purchases certified organic cocoa beans. We are committed to sustainable business practices that help conserve the rain forests and let farmers make more than a living wage. We do not use GMO ingredients to make chocolate.
Elemental Chocolate is based in Raleigh, NC. Thank you for supporting independent specialty food artisans, like Elemental Chocolate, & spreading the love that was used to make our fine products!
Fair trade, gourmet, and oh so dark.
I could eat my way through the entire rainforest that they get the cocoa from, it was that tasty.
Chocolate and beer, a match made in heaven, right?
As always, I had a blast with my fellow ladies and it made me wish that I lived closer to the Raleigh-based brewery so I could bask in its glory more regularly. Then again, with beer, chocolates, and food trucks all around, I can’t imagine my waistline would appreciate that proximity.
Huge thanks to Dave and Robin at Big Boss for being such wonderful hosts. Oh, and for being adorable and in love.
I know everyone had a blast. And for the sake of all you voyeurs, here’s some more pictures!
Now my tummy is full of shrimp & grits, and all that Wednesday night partying makes for a sleepy Thursday night. Fingers crossed the white noise app knocks me out fast.