Talk about your tasty beer pairings. Weasel Boy Brewing Co. in Zanesville is marrying chocolate, mint and stout in a new beer to be released Nov. 25. Dark Weasel Mint Chocolate Stout is aged on cacao nibs and infused with chocolate mint. It's the first time the brewery has made the beer -- one of the most unusual in Ohio, by the way. "Mint can be very tricky to use because it can be overpowering," co-owner Lori Wince said. "But obviously mint complements chocolate really well." So where did the idea come from? "I love chocolate and mint. So I would say I've been pushing for it," Wince said, laughing. The beer is still aging, meaning Wince hasn't even tried it and couldn't offer up a description of the flavor. It is expected to clock in a 7.5 to 8 percent alcohol. Weasel Boy, which doesn't bottle its beer, will release the brew on draft at the brewery during its Harvest Week celebration. That week, the brewery also will tap its holiday beer, Snow Ermine Holiday Ale, on Nov. 23. It's a honey vanilla porter aged on cacao nibs.
Meanwhile, Weasel Boy will host a Beer for Boobs breast cancer research fundraiser on Saturday (Nov. 12). The day will start out with a homebrew competition put on by the Columbus-area homebrew club Scioto, Olentangy and Darby Zymurgists. All proceeds from entry fees and money raised via a raffle will go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The competition is closed to the general public. But the brewery will be open to the public later and tap its one-year-old, bourbon barrel-aged Anastasia Russian Imperial Stout at 7 p.m.