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Don’t be a Green Beer Guy: Irish Beers for a Better St Patrick’s Day
March 17, 2015
Since we are on the eve of St Patrick’s Day, I would be remiss if I didn’t put something on the blog to acknowledge the beverage centric nature of this holiday. It may surprise some that my favorite part of this day is not an excuse to drink beer (that was Pi Day thank you very much) I am more excited for the opportunity to maw down on some corned beef. One thing that has irked me for a while now is the acceptance by many of green rice water and brews with harps on the label as the only options for a good beer to go with the random green attire. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy a Guinness Extra Stout every now and again but that is doesn’t mean it is the only thing that should be in your pint glass tomorrow. I’m a big fan of several other Irish beers, many of which can be found on tap in some of better Irish pubs out there. Here are just a few of those that I tend to enjoy and I hope you will too:
O'Hara's Celtic Stout
If you are looking for a good Irish stout outside of Guinness and Murphy’s this is definitely your best bet. This is a perfect example of an Irish dry stout that provides all of the best qualities of a dark beer. This stout perfectly balances the nutty and sweet flavors of the malts involved without being so heavy that you need to eat it with a spoon. For all of you dark beer folks out there this is a good one to try even when it’s not St Patrick’s Day.
Oyster Stout by Porterhouse Brewing
This one is for all of you adventurous beer snobs out there. There are a few oyster stouts out there, but usually the ones that are found in cans and bottles are usually just named so to be cleaver or because they have other briny additives but finding one that is the real deal is a rarity. This stout manages to get a dose of saltiness at the back of the pallet while still holding on to the sweeter elements of the stout. I’m not going to say this one is for everyone, and if it does sound like something you would have an interest in trying you may have to do some searching. That being said this Irish import is something truly unique that has very few counterparts.
Irish Cream Ale by Kilkenny
I’ll admit that this one is a bit of a slow pitch for St Patrick’s Day, but it’s good so whatever. Of the stable of beers brewed by the Guinness behemoth this one is somewhat lesser known but not for lack of quality. This is a good option for anyone with a sensitive pallet or affinity for sweetness as it is relatively mild with primarily muted toffee and caramel tones. It is also most often found as a nitro pour adding a creamy head and light effervescence. If you are wanting to play it safe with something light but tasty, this is a good one to ask for at the bar.
I think that’s a fairly good representation of options for a few pints to have tomorrow that escape the norm. I’m off to find something green to rock at work, and I hope you all have a safe and fun St Patrick’s Day. Cheers Everyone!