There is a lot of talk about pairing food with beer and even cooking with beer but when the relationship between beer and chocolate is elevated to a level of symbiosis something magical happens. So it is with Laura Rudy and La Creme Chocolat. Laura takes some of the best Maine beers and makes the most amazing truffles one could ever taste. In this episode we sit down at Novare Res Bier Cafe and pair Laura’s truffles with a number of different beers.
When Laura is working on a new chocolate and beer truffle she does a lot of research. She tastes the beer and talks to the brewer, trying to figure out just what flavors to spotlight. Laura wants to ensure that not only her truffles taste amazing as a stand alone piece but that the beer and the chocolates work together to enhance the flavor of each. The whole process reminds Amanda of a painting having a spotlight shined at just the right angle.
Laura and Amanda taste their way through 4 different chocolates made by Laura. They paired the treats with Hanssens Artisanaal Oude Kriek and Rising Tide Brewing Company’s Waypoint. If you want to get your hands on some of Laura’s chocolates head over to http://www.lacremechocolat.com
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Don’t forget to order your chocolates in time to get your taste of Maine for the holidays! http://www.lacremechocolat.com When they come take pictures and tag @greatbeerwomen and @lacremechocolat over on Instagram!
PS-Update: Laura is always searching out new information. She is this amazing investigative scientist. After listening to the episode she did a little further investigation. She writes:
” I have learned a few things since the podcast that I would like to share with you. Sassafras is an Eastern North American tree that is related to the laurel family and it’s actually the (carcinogenic) dried root bark that was commonly used as a flavoring agent, but not necessarily only to make Sarsaparilla. Sarsaparilla can be made from several different tropical American greenbriers but the most common drink that we associate with this name was flavored with sassafras and oil distilled from a European birch. I thought it was the bark but it’s actually the root that the flavoring comes from. Just a tid bit of knowledge for you! You seemed curious due to “sassafras” being a nickname of yours so I wanted to make sure my information was correct.”
I love that she looked into this for me. I never knew that sassafras was anything more than made up nonsense. Thank you so much Laura. I can’t wait to get you on the show again!!