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Brewing Up Love for Valentine's Day

Cheers, Westchase! Each week in this column, we introduce you to a new wine, beer or cocktail you can find right here in the neighborhood.

Sure, champagne and wine have long been symbolic of a romantic evening out. But this Valentine’s Day, you may be surprised to learn about two specialty beers that can help you brew up a little romance. Here are two Valentine’s beers you can find at .

Lindenmann's Lambic Framboise

Unmistakably sweet, this Belgian beer has a palate of raspberries with undertones of fruity acidity to add some tartness.  And with its vibrant rose color, it looks like a modern-day, sparkling love potion. “To me, it tastes just like candy,” says World of Beer general manager Dung To. 

Those who enjoy the raspberry taste but find the sweetness to be too
much, can mix (or rather, layer) Lindemann's Lambic on draft with Belgian white ale such as Hogaarden to make the popular “Red and White” beer cocktail. Lambic Framboise is served in a 12 oz bottle ($9) and on draft ($7.) Or, you can get a larger one (25.4 oz.) to share with your sweetie for $17.50.

Young’s Double Chocolate Stout

Not all chocolate has to come in a red heart-shaped box. Brewed in the U.K., Young’s Double Chocolate Stout is made from dark malt and dark chocolate, blended with ale.   Indulgent but not overly sweet, beer connaisseurs enjoy the bitter chocolate and espresso flavors. It's descrbed as "silky or creamy" with a dry finish.  "Some like to layer this with Lambic Framboise to make a 'Chocolate Covered Raspberry'," says To. Available in 16.9 oz. bottles ($10) and 14.9 oz. cans ($7.) 5.2% alcohol by volume.

The World of Beer Westchase patio is a great place to kick off
date night or a post-dinner nightcap.  "Like" World of Beer on Facebook to get updates their weekly specials, live music and events. Whether you're canoodling as a couple out on the town or celebrating with your sweetie at home, have a wonderful Valentine's Day.  Let’s all raise our glasses to love!

Cheers, Westchase!

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