Emerson's head brewer Jim Falconer (left) and Otago
University Student's Association and Dunedin Craft Beer and
Food Festival communications co-ordinator Alasdair Johnston
mix malted barley and cacao nibs to start a one-off brew.
Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
A fusion of beer and chocolate is in the works at
Dunedin's Emerson's Brewery, hot on the heels of a recent
chocolate and soft drink combination.
The beer - a chocolate stout which incorporates cacao nibs
supplied by Whittaker's - is being developed as the
''festival brew'' for the Dunedin Craft Beer and Food
Festival in September.
Otago University Student's Association and festival
communications co-ordinator Alasdair Johnston said it wanted
a top-quality festival brew for its inaugural year and
Emerson's was the natural choice to make it.
''Next year the official festival brew will actually be the
[festival's] home brew competition champion's brew,'' he
The beer being developed by Emerson's represented an ''adult
version'' of the recent L&P and Whittaker's
collaboration. It would most likely be available only at the
Emerson's spokeswoman Jane Hyde said the beer would be a
''fantastic blend'' of two ''quality New Zealand products''.
The brewery was keen to contribute to the festival, an event
which Dunedin had been lacking, Ms Hyde said.
''Beer festivals are a hugely popular phenomenon now ... and
it's pretty exciting that Otago is going to have one of its