Whisky ice cream, chocolate-infused beer, and beer-based sorbet – here are some boozy creations that are the result of recent fun collaborations between some of our favourite brands.
Auchentoshan x Denzy Gelato
We’re of the opinion that whisky and ice cream make best friends, and it seems Auchentoshan agrees. The lowlands single malt Scotch whisky brand has partnered with homegrown artisanal gelateria Denzy Gelato to create a limited edition new gelato flavour, Whisky Pecan Dream.
The ice-cold confection takes Auchentoshan’s signature Three Wood, and suffuses it into a creamy, milky gelato along with crushed pecan nuts thats been caramelised in gula melaka. If you’re not familiar with the Auchentoshan Three Wood, the non-age statement triple-distilled expression is matured initially in bourbon casks, before being finished in Oloroso and then Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. Its toffee, oaky notes work particularly well with the roasty nutty notes of the crushed pecans, while a hint of fresh citrus and stewed plum add additional complexity.
It’s also one of the creamiest gelato we’ve tasted. We like that – at a modest 2.29% ABV – it’s boozy enough to be flavourful but not too strong that it will floor you. But feel free to add a shot of Three Wood into the gelato yourself if that’s how you roll.
Specific Gravity x Lemuel Chocolate
Craft brewers have been using chocolate as an ingredient for making beer in recent years. It’s not surprising then that award-winning local craft brewery Specific Gravity Beverage Co have teamed up with local bean-to-bar craft chocolatiers Lemuel Chocolate to create a limited edition brew, the Bow & Arrow Chocolate Ale.
Lemuel Chocolate is best known for making unique handcrafted chocolate bars and bon bons, and here they’ve lent their expertise in selecting the best cocoa beans – in this case, from Ecuador – for Specific Gravity to make an ale with. Along roasted malts and with a touch of ginger to bring some spiciness into the mix, the Bow & Arrow is surprisingly easy drinking. We like that the chocolate notes are subtle and tempered for balance, enough to delight those who love their chocolate or beer.
The Specific Gravity Bow & Arrow Chocolate Ale is sold in a four-pack or as a gift set, and is available from www.sgbevco.com. Each four-pack retails for S$32, while the gift set – which consists of two Specific Gravity’s 330ml glasses, a keychain bottle opener, coasters, and two bars of Lemuel single-origin chocolate – goes for S$55.55, while stocks last.
Brewerkz x Udders
Then there’s pioneering Singapore craft brewery Brewerkz, which has partnered ice cream parlour franchise Udders to create two beer-infused ice cream flavours together for the first time.
The two Singapore Made With Passion brands have come with Dark Chocolate Double IPA and Mango Passionfruit New England IPA sorbet, both of which are based on Brewerkz’s beers. For the Dark Chocolate Double IPA, Udders essentially takes Brewerkz’s 4AM Double IPA – a dank and hoppy West Coast-style Imperial IPA – and combines it with Belgian dark chocolate to create a mouthwateringly creamy, sweet yet hoppily bitter confection. Then there’s the Mango Passionfruit New England IPA, a sorbet made with top-quality Alphonso mangoes and passion fruit, and then blended with Circuit Breaker New England IPA for a fruity creation with a floral and piney hop finish.
First launched in December last year, the two flavours have been so popular the first batch is nearly sold out. Brewerkz and Udders are working on a rerelease.
Both creations are available at most Udders outlets and all four Brewerkz outlets. They are available in scoops (from $5.40 to $6.50), pints ($17.40) or in an exclusive Beer & Ice Cream Bundle ($63, one pint of ice cream each and 2 sets of 4AM Double IPA and Circuit Breaker New England IPA canned beer each) at Brewerkz online store.
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