Half Acre has brewed its chocolate milk stout, Chocolate Camaro, since 2011. It’s a once-a-year beer, available in winter or early spring, but till now it’s been tap only. “This is the first time we’ve put the CoCo Camaro, as it’s also affectionately called, in bomber bottles,” says Half Acre founder Gabriel Magliaro. “We were hoping for at least a cease-and-desist letter from Chevy, but nothing.”

Magliaro has the following to say about the recipe for this tasty stout: “Camaro is defined by cacao nibs and by its chocolate and roast malts, but given its silkiness from lactose and balance from the Fuggle hop.” You may care to know that Fuggles get their hilarious name from Englishman Richard Fuggle, who developed the variety in 1861 and began selling it in 1875. Highly prized by brewers of traditional English ales, these hops are described as having a woody, herbal aroma.

Chocolate Camaro has a modest, frothy, cappuccino-colored head that leaves a persistent ring of foam and a bit of lacing. The beer is nearly opaque, its deep, rich brown so dark it’s almost black. The alcohol content is an entirely manageable 6 percent.

Philip Montoro

Philip Montoro has been an editorial employee of the Reader since 1996 and its music editor since 2004. Pieces he has edited have appeared in Da Capo’s annual Best Music Writing anthologies in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011. He shared two Lisagor Awards in 2019 for a story on gospel pioneer Lou Della Evans-Reid and another in 2021 for Leor Galil's history of Neo, and he’s also split three national awards from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia: one for multimedia in 2019 for his work on the TRiiBE collaboration the Block Beat, and two (in 2020 and 2022) for editing the music writing of Reader staffer Leor Galil. Philip has played scrap metal in Lozenge, drummed with the Disasters, the Afflictions, and Brilliant Pebbles, and sung for the White Outs. He wrote the column Beer and Metal from 2012 till 2015, and hopes to do so again one day. You can also follow him on Twitter.