Food & drink

Craft beer: Pudding and pints

Paul McConville

Derbyshire-based Buxton's Nargil chocolate and coconut 'Bounty stout'

AS we know only too well from his cross-cultural ditty, Sting doesn't "drink coffee, I drink tea my dear", although I am willing to wager he has fired down the odd cup of Joe in his day.

Anyway, declaring that he was an "Englishman in New York" was a chance for the former Police front-man to point out all the little foibles he had brought with him to the Big Apple.

Of course, we can also gaze eastwards across the sea and wonder at the little idiosyncrasies of a people who appear to prefer 'toast done on one side'.

One thing that always used to tickle me about the English was there insistence on referring to dessert as 'pudding', no matter what form of sweet dish was on offer after dinner.

Pudding has found its way into the beer world too, and it's not just the by-now ubiquitous pastry stout either.

On that thought, I recently enjoyed a 6 per cent pastry stout from Derbyshire-based Buxton (the brewery, not the bottled water people) called Nargil.

It's billed as a 'Bounty stout', which basically translates to chocolate and coconut.

It certainly has that lovely sweet chocolatey edge to it with hints of coconut, which also contribute to a nice smooth finish.

However, if we're talking about post-dinner refreshments here, this goes beyond 'pudding' and into coffee. To be more specific, there are strong yet smooth latte notes to this one.

Just like all dessert isn't 'pudding', all pastry beers aren't stouts.

Yorkshire-based brewers Brew York have gone down a fruity route with their Raspbeerry Pi(e)

Yorkshire-based brewers Brew York have gone down a fruity route with Raspbeerry Pi(e) (see what they did there?).

This is follows the trend of another fairly modern - and, at times, divisive style - the milkshake IPA.

Clocking in at 4.7 per cent, the name is a nod to the small single-board computers which have been designed to make computer programming much easier.

There's certainly something very easy about the way this beer goes down, the oatmeal and lactose ensuring a smooth mouth feel, which is interrupted by the tart raspberry flavours which in turn are balanced out by sweet hints of vanilla.

Enjoy reading the Irish News?

Subscribe now to get full access

Food & drink