Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie How 2 Noma Alumni Brought Their Flavorful Spirits Line to the United States Jameson Releases Two New Caskmates Editions We’ve heard of brands collaborating, but beers? We think New Belgium Brewing — the Fort Collins, Colorado-based makers of the beloved Fat Tire Amber Ale — and St. Louis, Missouri-based Perennial Artisan Ales are on to something. The two breweries joined forces and thought, why not combine two of our favorite things — chocolate and beer? They came up with Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout, a beer that is both sweet and salty, perfect for the cold weather and the holiday season.“We wanted to brew a stout with a twist and the result is a decadent treat,” said Lauren Salazar, New Belgium’s wood cellar and specialty brands manager. “It’s a fun and highly collaborative beer that combines some of our favorite things in a glass. We loved working with Perennial on this one. You can’t help but sip this stout and think, ‘it doesn’t get much better.’”This rich brew fuses together roasted barley and caramel malts — and the result, a dark pour and a tan head, are nothing short of amazing. Belgian yeast and chocolate suit the typical coffee tone of a stout, in addition, there are hints of tobacco and dried fruit, with just a light sprinkle of salt that, according to the brands “boosts sweetness and enhances a roasty bitterness that every craft stout deserves.”Now we don’t know about you, but we love it when a tiny amount of salt touches anything sweet — caramel, chocolate — you know what we mean? It enhances the flavor and adds a little extra something special. Pair it with other sweet and salty things, like a chocolate-covered pretzel cheesecake, or espresso-rubbed beef short ribs.For more information on Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout, visit newbelgium.com. The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches Editors’ Recommendations The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S.