I get asked from time to time what my favourite beer is. It’s a difficult question but I can tell you what my favourite beer is at the moment! Oh no, I’ve just given away the ending… White Rabbit is an American Wheat Beer from Kinnegar that’s intended to be a Summer special. I first had it back at the start of the year at the Alltech event and I liked then and I like it even more now. It has a great white head and lovely bitter citrussy hops. It finished quite dry which leaves you wanting more. A fantastic summer beer. O’Brien’s have it in stock now.
Black Bucket Black Rye IPA is another seasonal special from Kinnegar, I think this one came out last Autumn and somehow managed to escape my evil clutch until now. It won a gold medal at the recent Alltech Kentucky Derby. I spotted a few bottles on the shelf of my local Carry Out so I said I’d better give it a try. It’s a version of Kinnegar staple, Rustbucket brewed with Rye and amped up to 6.5%. It has piney grapefruit bitterness and some smokiness. It’s a serious beer and I would say it’s one to savour at the end of an evening. I had it with some Smoked Gubeen cheese and the soft sweetness of the cheese provided a pleasant contrast to the bitterness of the beer. Grab one if you find it out in the wild. Sláinte!