We’ve seen an array of hot cross bun alternatives from cronuts, croissants to vanilla slice but now they’ve made a hot cross bun beer…what is this sorcery!

We hope you’re thirsty because this might just be the best beers you’ve ever tasted.

Pirate Life’s limited edition Easter beer has just been released and honestly, it’s as Easter as it can get. The choc chip and hot cross bun dark stout comes in a festive can, with white and brown cross print peppered with chocolate chips.

“We took ingredients from one of the nation’s most beloved Easter treats and threw them into a beer,” the brewery says.

The ‘Pastry Stout’ is brewed with a blend of malted barley, oats and wheat. Alongside orange zest, jujube syrup and spices to capture the taste of freshly baked hot cross buns. To top it off, it has cocoa and lactose to get that oozing choc chip flavour.

Pirate Life said, “It pours black with a tan head of foam. Expect aromas of cinnamon, raisin and treacle. On the palate, ristretto coffee pairs with notes of dried fruit, allspice and ganache. It’s deep, doughy and decadent”


“It’s an extremely small batch, so get in quick if you want to enjoy this one on Easter Sunday,” they said.

You can grab one of these beauties online, from selected stockists or head to the Pirate Life brewery (and yes, they’re open over the long weekend).

They will be open 11:00am – 8:00pm on Good Friday, 11:00am – midnight on Saturday, 11:00am – 10:00pm on Easter Sunday, and 11:00am – 8:00pm on Easter Monday.

Get all the info on their Facebook Page.