Singapore craft beer designers Specific Gravity Beverage Co. (SGBC) and local bean-to-bar craft chocolatiers Lemuel have teamed up together to create Specific Gravity x Lemuel Chocolate Bow & Arrow Ale that hits the spot with tempered chocolate tones.
Specific Gravity x Lemuel Chocolate Bow & Arrow Ale
For beer and chocolate lovers, this innovative flavour is definitely something interesting and unique for them to look forward to! This special and unique Specific Gravity x Lemuel Chocolate Bow & Arrow Ale is a labour of love created as a collaboration by one of Singapore’s most respected and award-winning brewers and beans-to-bar craft chocolatiers Lemuel, for a limited edition offering.
SGBC was founded in 2021 by Devin Kimble and Kim Wong. Devin is the founder of Brewerkz, Singapore’s pioneering craft brewery, where Kim was the brewery manager for over 20 years.
Bean-to-bar chocolates are unique, handcrafted chocolates that are made from specially selected cocoa beans. Lemuel Chocolate carefully chooses beans that have full flavour and unique characteristics that will leave you wanting more.
The two craft pioneers in beer and chocolate combined after recognising a shared opportunity for a unique collaboration.
“At Lemuel Chocolate, we source and import quality cacao beans from cacao farmers and reputable cacao agents around the world,” said Lemuel co-founder Ronald Ng, who met business partner and Japanese national Hideki Sakanishito to ignite a life-long love and passion for chocolate. “Specific Gravity got in touch with us and we recognized there was an opportunity to create something really special.”
Craft beer outfit Specific Gravity are no newbies to collaboration on innovative flavours. The company has been racking up accolades, including a gold medal in the English-style IPA category at the Asia Beer Championships in Singapore and a bronze in the same category at Melbourne’s Australia International Beer Awards, one of the world’s largest beer-related competitions.
Bow & Arrow Chocolate Ale is brewed at a small facility in Singapore with cacao beans from Ecuador, roasted and processed locally by the artisans at Lemuel Chocolate. The ingredients include a hint of ginger, giving a spiciness to balance out the flavour profile.
Most chocolate beers are made in a Porter or Stout style where a lot of the chocolate flavour comes from the base of roasted malts. Bow & Arrow on the other hand is a tempting amber color that displays the character of the chocolate and lets it shine through. It is surprisingly easy drinking.
Take a close look at the packaging on the bottle of Bow & Arrow Chocolate Ale before you open your bottle to drink and enjoy. It is based on a Peranakan tile motif as are all of the SGBC labels, each with its particular characteristics. The judges at the Australian International Beer Awards thought so much of SGBC’s packaging they awarded it a gold medal and best in show plaque for their labels and 4-pack design.
As for the packing on the Lemuel chocolate bars, they are similarly unique. Each one is hand-wrapped with eco-friendly paper made from the leaves and pulp of the mango and banana trees.
Pricing and Availability
The gift packs and the beer by themselves are very limited in quantity. They are available exclusively at www.sgbevco.com.
Inside the gift packs, there are two Specific Gravity’s 330ml glasses, featuring a Vanda Miss Joaquim Orchid motif; a keychain bottle opener; some coasters with their lucky logo, which was based on a traditional Bagua like the Singapore dollar coin; and two bars of delicious single-origin chocolate.
The retail price for the gift packs is $55.55. For beer only packs, the retail price is $32 for a 4-pack.
* Information and pictures courtesy of Specific Gravity Beverage Co. and Empower Marketing Asia *