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Just in time for Valentine's Day, Boulevard brings back Chocolate Ale

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Back by popular demand, Boulevard Brewing Co. is re-releasing its limited-edition Chocolate Ale this month.

A collaboration between K.C. chocolatier Christopher Elbow and Boulevard brewmaster Steven Pauwels, the exotic brew incorporates nibs of, or crushed, roasted cocoa beans.

Originally intended as a one-time release back in 2011, Chocolate Ale has since developed something of a cult following. In fact, in 2014 and 2015, Boulevard brewed as much of it as possible without interfering with production of other seasonal and year-round beers, the company says.

Hundreds of kegs containing the chocolatey stuff will start arriving at Kansas City-area bars and restaurants today. Deliveries to liquor stores will begin Tuesday.

The Burger Stand already has it on tap, from the looks of this Facebook post. No word yet on where else to find Chocolate Ale in town, but we'll keep you posted.

Update: Merchant's Pub & Plate plans to tap several kegs of Chocolate Ale, but probably won't be able to begin serving it until later this week, says Merchants chef and owner TK Peterson. The following bars and stores are confirmed to have Chocolate Ale in stock/on tap right now: Cork and Barrel (both locations), On the Rocks, Dempsey's, Red Lyon Tavern, Six Mile Tavern and Frank's North Star Tavern.

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Boulevard Brewing Co.'s popular Chocolate Ale will return to restaurants, bars and retailers in early February.

Boulevard Brewing Co.'s popular Chocolate Ale will return to restaurants, bars and retailers in early February. by Photo courtesy of Boulevard Brewing Co.

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