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Beer, Cider and Chocolate Pairings

Looking for a drinking experience with a difference this Easter? Try matching some of New Zealand’s best beers and ciders with local chocolates for a fun flavour hit

You may not know it yet, but beer and chocolate are a flavoursome match made in heaven, the rich cacao helping to bring out the sugars and bitterness of the brew. The use of barley, malts, rye and oats gives many beers hits of sweet treats that range from tiramisu to dark chocolate and caramel. With their puddingy mix of apples and other fruits, some ciders are equally happy bedfellows when paired with chocolate.

Here are our recommended pairings with some of New Zealand’s best chocolate for a treat-filled Easter weekend…

Coffee Combo

Because of its chocolate and coffee notes of creamy tiramisu, Panhead Blacktop Oat Stout is a perfect pairing with Wellington Chocolate Factory’s Cubana Chocolate & Coffee Bar, made with Havana Coffee Works coffee.

Caramel Charmer

Monteith’s Dopplebock Ale has a full malty flavour that would make a great pairing with Whittaker’s Marlborough Sea Salt and Caramel Brittle.

Zesty Pair

Strong hops, honeyed tropical fruits, and zesty citrus peel make Liberty Brewing Halo Pilsner a natural bedfellow with Bennetts of Mangawhai Lemon White Chocolate.

Spicy Number

A beer to be savoured, Mac’s Green Beret IPA has notes of citrus, pine and tropical fruit, and works well with spicy foods, so try Donovans Premium Chilli and Lime Chocolate.

Plum Job

A perfect combination of sour and sweet, Good George’s Doris Plum Cider Squealer is a match made in heaven with Whittaker’s New Zealand Artisan Black Doris Plum and Roasted Almonds.

Click and Collect

Just one click. That’s all it takes to grab your weekend cocktail essentials from your local Liquorland thanks to Click and Collect.

Simply choose your desired tipples, pay at the quick ’n’ easy online checkout and voilà – your purchases will be ready and waiting for you at your Liquorland store of choice.