Beer: Kinnegar's coconut orange porter Trouble In Paradise and five per cent Hefeweizen
IF THERE was ever to be a zombie apocalypse, Christmas would be a great time for it to strike. Let's face it, most of us have already been stockpiling food from early November, so if we do find ourselves holed up hiding from the army of the undead, at least we'll have plenty of tasty grub to keep us going well into the new year.
Judging by the way some fill their trolleys at this time of year, that 'new year' may as well be 2021, but one of the festive staples which seems only to find its way into our slightly skewed shopping, along with the mountains of shortbread and Tunnock's teacakes, is the Terry's Chocolate Orange.
Rarely is this citrus-imbued ball of chocolate seen in such abundance at other times of the year – for many the sight and taste of a Terry's Chocolate Orange is synonymous with Christmas.
Anyway, it was the mix of chocolate and orange which came to mind when I cracked open a can of Kinnegar's coconut orange porter Trouble In Paradise, which they have brewed in collaboration with Trouble Brewing.
If you are a fan of Kinnegar's Yannaroddy coconut porter, this isn't a million miles off that, but with the obvious addition of orange. The orange itself is subtle and comes in much later, after all those roasty and bitter chocolate flavours flood over the palate. The porter is smooth with low carbonation and it clocks in at a warming 6.5 per cent.
Trouble In Paradise is one of the beers in Kinnegar's Brewers At Play series. Another is their 5 per cent Hefeweizen, which is a thirst-quenching wheat beer. This beer made its first appearance in the brewer's first Oktoberfest a few weeks ago in the Beachcomber Bar in Rathmullan.
Now available in cans, it pours a hazy amber colour in the glass and aromas of grass, banana and a bit of spice. There are flavours of sweet, biscuity malt, bananas and cloves – all the boxes you'd like to be ticked by a good wheat beer, but none are overpowering and this is a real easy drinker.