David Nilsen Bean to Barstool Part 2 | #PodSaveChocolate Ep57

David Nilsen Bean to Barstool Part 2  | #PodSaveChocolate Ep57

Episode 57 of #PodSaveChocolate features a return interview with David – after I appeared as a guest on his Bean to Barstool podcast. We’ll be talking about definitions for craft, our approaches to tasting and pairing, and more.

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The LIVE episode starts at 10:00 AM PDT/MST (11:00 MDT, 12:00 CDT, 13:00 EDT), on Tuesday, July 9th, 2024.
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David Nilsen Bean to Barstool Redux | #PodSaveChocolate Ep57
Episode 57 OverviewAnyone who has followed PodSaveChocolate (and TheChocolateLifeLIVE before it), knows that I care a great deal about the words and phrases…

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Episode 57 Overview

Anyone who has followed PodSaveChocolate (and TheChocolateLifeLIVE before it), knows that I care a great deal about the words and phrases we use because words inform beliefs, beliefs inform actions, and actions have consequences.

When it comes to communicating the value proposition for specialty chocolate (which I prefer to craft and bean-to-bar) agreeing on what the phrase means, even if it’s just for the sake of conversation, means the people who are party to the conversation aren’t talking past one another.

Craft beer and craft chocolate both have definitional challenges.

In Part 1 of this two-part series, I was a guest on David’s Bean to Barstool podcast, which was published last Tuesday, July 2nd. As I was a guest on David’s show, I was the interviewee, following David’s questioning lead.

Defining Craft Chocolate and Craft Beer with Clay Gordon — Bean to Barstool
In this episode David Nilsen talks with Clay Gordon, one of the most respected names in the world of craft chocolate, to discuss the meaning of craft, how the term’s usage and meaning differ in the beer and chocolate worlds, how tasting and judging have influenced beer and chocolate differently, and

Click to listen to the podcast or search for Bean to Barstool in your favorite podcast app.

While listening to that podcast is not required before watching this episode, it will frame the discussion I have with David in this episode, who, as a guest on my show, will be following my lead.

Posts About Pairing

I have written and talked about tasting and pairing often on TheChocolateLife and in episodes of PodSaveChocolate and TheChocolateLifeLIVE. Here are some highlights.

Valentine’s Day 2017 Beer and Chocolate Pairing
Reporting back after my Valentine’s Day chocolate/beer pairing at Burp Castle on East 7th Street – making up one corner of the Brewmuda Triangle – NYC.
Pairing Chocolate and Cheese - and Wine and Beer
Chocolate and cheese can go very well together. However, I find the approach that many people use to create pairings to be too self–limiting. There is the received wisdom (akin to red wine goes with meat and white wine goes with fish). And then there is my approach, which
Judging a Chocolate Competition | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 25 of #PodSaveChocolate features a discussion of judging chocolate awards competitions with a focus on the 2024 Craft Chocolat Challenge.
Kees and Clay Make Chocolate
One of my favorite parts of attending the Origin Chocolate Event is working with Kees Raat on the final presentation, and this year marked the fourth time we’ve worked together. Each year we try to do something to one-up what we did the previous year. Last year was the

From the 2018 Origin Chocolate Event. Not a pairing, per se, but a way to think about teaching tasting chocolate under some pretty extreme circumstances.

A Night of Wine and Chocolate (2008)
The Mark Hotel in Manhattan (no longer a part of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, located on E 77th St.) has regularly hosted wine classes directed by Master Sommelier Richard Dean. In 2004, the program was expanded to showcase the pairing of wine and chocolate and to do so it

A long-ago Valrhona tasting event I was a guest at that proves to be influential in my thinking to this day.

David’s Book

Pairing Beer & Chocolate: A Guide to Bringing the Flavors of Craft Beer and Craft Chocolate Together

Pairing Beer & Chocolate is a guide to enjoying craft beer and craft chocolate together, written by the host of the popular Bean to Barstool beer and chocolate podcast. Beer and chocolate can pair beautifully together, but knowing which beer styles to pair with which types of chocolate can get confusing.

Pairing Beer & Chocolate explains the basics of beer and chocolate, talks about how to taste them together, and then walks through dozens of beer styles to provide style-by-style guidance for pairing with craft chocolate. 

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Other Visual Resources

As I sometimes do, I asked a generative AI (in this case two of them, Leonardo and Firefly) to render images of cocoa beans on barstools. The results speak for themselves – but I took a selection of four images from more than twenty and used them to create the composite


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