The Rebel Brewing Company’s Mexi-cocoa beer will compete at the Great British Beer Festival
Chocolate might not be the first ingredient that springs to mind when thinking of what might make the perfect beer.
But it has proved to be the key behind the success of an award-winning dark stout that is set to represent the best of Cornish beer in a prestigious national beer festival.
The Rebel Brewing Co’s ‘Mexi-cocoa’ beer – a stout triple-infused with chocolate and vanilla – will be one of eight beers from Devon and Cornwall competing in the Great British Beer Festival.
Designed by managing director Guillermo Alvarez, a Mexican with Cornish heritage, the unusual tipple has already been winning plaudits in its place of origin, winning a gold award for speciality beer of Cornwall, as well as champion Cornish ale at the Falmouth Beer Festival last year.
In a special award presentation last week the Penryn-based company was awarded its two prizes by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).
Mr Alvarez said the recognition was a massive achievement and the culmination of focused hard work.
He said: “We pride ourselves in being masters of our craft and pushing the boundaries of beer. For Mexi-Cocoa..to be the one paving the road is just phenomenal.
“It’s a personal comfort knowing peoples palates haven’t been shot by all the American style IPA’s that have just saturated the British beer market in recent years.
“Not many people know but we share the brewery with a Chocolarder, one of six in the country making organic chocolate from bean to bar.
“This has allowed us to use premium organic chocolate by-products and incorporate them into the making of Mexi-Cocoa.
“There is no other beer on the market today like it and we hope it will go on to win many more awards.”