Second Self Beer Co., Atlanta, GA
Available on draft and in cans around metro Atlanta
Going back to their homebrewing days, Second Self partners Jason Santamaria and Chris Doyle created this unusual Valentine’s Day-inspired seasonal offering, and they’ve continued tweaking it for the past eight years. This year, it’s available in cans for the first time.
Based on the recipe for traditional Southern red velvet cake, it’s a malty red brew flavored with additions of cocoa and vanilla that suggest rather than scream dessert. In fact, its toasty malt presence and balancing hop bitterness easily put in the ballpark of a traditional amber or red ale.
Santamaria and Doyle suggest pairing Bleeding Heart with steak, roasted butternut squash, gorgonzola cheese, and a loved one to share it with.