The latest special from Donegal’s Kinnegar Brewery is a Coffee Stout dubbed Cup and Saucer. This continues their tradition of naming their beers after local places of interest. Rick told me it’s named after a road junction outside Ramelton! Eons ago there was a chap who liked topiary and he created a landmark. Now if you go to Ramelton you’ll find a more solid cup and saucer sculpture. Beer always tastes better when it comes with a story.
The stout is brewed with a cold infusion of Ethiopian coffee beans. The combination of coffee and rich malt gives it the flavour of a mocha. It’s delicious and very easy to drink despite it’s 6.3%. The best place to drink this beer would be the Tap Room at the rather lovely Rathmullan House which is just a stones throw from the brewery but if you can’t make the trip to Donegal just at the moment it’s available from McHughs.ie and drinkstore.ie it’s a limited edition so get it while you can. Sláinte !Kinnegar Kinnegar
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