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Beer and Chocolate Pairings

Champagne and chocolate may be everyone's favorite V-Day couple, but you've long suspected they never really made sense together—chocolate being better suited to beer bubbles. If that still comes as a bit of a shock, here's where to start picking up the pieces.

Berghoff Chocolate and Beer Pairing Dinner
GERMAN CHOCOLATE

Berghoff Chocolate and Beer Pairing Dinner

The brauhaus gives schnitzel a night off, but you'll find the beer working double-time at this five-course feast, with Berghoff Lager going the distance against a hanger steak with orange-chocolate demiglace, and Berghoff Amber taking on a duck enchilada with mole. Because mole is so German.

$45, 6:30pm, Feb 10, The Berghoff, 17 W. Adams St (between State and Dearborn), RSVP here or 312-408-0071

In Fine Spirits Dogfish Head Chocolate Dinner
ALE TO THE CHIEF

In Fine Spirits Dogfish Head Chocolate Dinner

That ol' Delaware-Chicago synergy helped win the White House, so we have pretty high hopes for this five-course dinner, pairing East Coast brewery Dogfish Head with creations like Braised Brisket with Cocoa Nibs. You're next, Cocoa Puffs.

$35, 7:30-9:30pm, Feb 12, In Fine Spirits, 5420 N. Clark St (between Balmoral and Catalpa), 773-334-9463

Chocolate Grape's Valentine's Menu
MODELO RELATIONSHIP

Chocolate Grape's Valentine's Menu

Champagne on Valentine's is romantic, but you like the raffish sex appeal only Mexican beer provides. Here, Negra Modelo gets paired with a chocolate cake, a mousse, truffles and a chocolate-spiked gelato float. We hear the last one is even illegal in Tijuana.

Priced a la carte, 6pm-midnight, Feb 13-14, Chocolate Grape, 2113 W. Division St (between Division and Hoyne), 773-772-3990

Beer Dinner at Hot Chocolate
DRINK FOR CHARITY

Beer Dinner at Hot Chocolate

At this quick-to-sell-out charity event, chefs from the Bristol, the Publican and Urban Belly pit their beer-pairing acumen against each other. Still, give home-court advantage to the host, who already serves a Chocolate Stout Milkshake that makes grown men cry.

$100, 6:30pm, Feb 23, Hot Chocolate, 1747 N. Damen Ave (between Willow and St. Paul), tickets at 773-489-1747

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