If you’re looking for something to keep you warm this Valentine’s Day, look no further than 3rd Wave Brewing’s Kohana Chocolate Cherry Stout and the Raspberry Vanilla sour of their Juice Box series. They’re very different beers, but either one would make the perfect partner for a FeBREWary happy hour, and both will be available at Shore Craft Beer Fest: Love on Tap at Seacrets on FeBREWary 23.

If this were a perfect world and there was a matchmaking app for craft beer — Tinder and Match.com mixed with a side of Untappd, let’s say — you’d add your location, your preferences, and your likes/dislikes to your profile, and patiently await the wide-ranging collection of beers to show up on your screen to swipe left or right on.

Let’s say this is you:

Name: ILuvBeer1985
Location: Delmar, DE
About Me: Just a beer lover looking for something that can keep me warm on these cold winter nights, something that I can bring to a party and enjoy long, peaceful strolls on the beach alongside. Nothing too serious, but something I can depend on. Seeking something that’s sweet and full-bodied but also full of surprises that can keep me on my toes.
Likes: Sours and stouts… Good friends, good waves, great beer, etc., etc.

Then these would be your algorithmically-generated matches:

Name: Kohana Chocolate Cherry Stout
Location: 3rd Wave Brewing
About Me: I am a classic Russian Imperial Stout brewed with sweet cherries and milk chocolate. Hints of vanilla and biscuit come through my full-bodied, jet-black stout. Chocolate and roasted malts lend me wonderful flavor, and dark sweet cherries are added after fermentation to maintain my sweet, fruity character and cut through my espresso finish.
ABV: 8-8.4%
IBU: 50-53
Available: Only every February, so swipe right ASAP.

Name: Raspberry Vanilla Juice Box
Location: 3rd Wave Brewing
About Me: I’m a fruited sour, lightly soured and crisp with bold notes of raspberry and a hint of vanilla.
ABV: 4.2%
IBU: 7

And, of course, you’d have no choice but to swipe right on both of them.

Kristin Helf
Author: Kristin Helf

Kristin is a writer and picture-taker in Ocean City, Maryland. She likes puppies, pumpkin ales and watching movies for the Ocean City Film Festival in her spare time.

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