The label from last year's winner, A Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter

You may never have had a hankering for a Chocolate Chipotle Stout, but you’ll soon have the opportunity to try it. The DuClaw Brewing Company, of Bel Air, has chosen just such a beer as the winner of its second annual H.E.R.O. Homebrew Contest, which means that it will be on tap at DuClaw restaurants in Bel Air, Bowie, and Arundel Mills and sold in kegs and 22-ounce bottles this fall. And given that it beat out 54 other craft beer recipes, it should be worthy of your attention.

The beer, created by Vincent and Suzanne Powers of Nottingham, is described by DuClaw as a “silky-bodied stout boasting a spicy chipotle pepper bite perfectly balanced by smooth, sweet chocolate.”

But the other half of the H.E.R.O. contest has yet to be determined. One hundred percent of the profits of the Chocolate Chipotle Stout will go to charity. From now until June 30, 2012, DuClaw is accepting suggestions.  Email your organization or individual’s story to