Since the days of Chaucer, lovers have expressed their affection on Valentine's Day with gifts of flowers, chocolate and poetry. And when it comes time to pick a poison, most will head for the wine and Champagne sections.
While these make decent enough gifts, Gut Check has a better idea -- brews made for two. Ranging in size from 22 ounces to 750 milliliters, these bottles are perfect for sharing and make a bottle of Dom look tired by comparison.
Here are three special beers that are sure to impress your date this Valentine's Day.
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Brewed with chamomile flowers, Perennial Artisan Ales' (8125 Michigan Avenue; 314-631-7300) Saison de Lis will melt your beloved's heart faster than any silly bouquet could. The beer pours a hazy golden color with a fluffy white head. It has a sweet, floral scent with just a hint of earthiness, and it tastes of citrus, Belgian yeast and spice.
Follow up the Saison de Lis with 4 Hands Brewing Company's (1220 South Eighth Street; 314-436-1559) chocolate milk stout. Brewed with two pounds of cocoa nibs per barrel, it pours a deep, inky black with a thick tan head. It smells of dark chocolate and malt. Best of all, the beer has and amazing chocolatey taste and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel -- in our estimation, far superior to anything that comes in a heart-shaped box.
Round out your sweetheart's gifts with poetry in a bottle: 2nd Shift's "Katy." The brewer ages this American wild ale in oak barrels for three months with Brettanomyces lambicus, a wild yeast strain isolated from Belgian lambic beers. The beer's cloudy, golden hue and sour fruit aroma give way to tastes of tart grape and pear, Brett funkiness, and hints of wood from the barrel-aging.
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