Come on, guys, just because it’s St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t mean we have to drink green beer. Instead, why not don your favorite green tee and celebrate by drinking a great Irish beer? Irish beers can range from strong, rich and full-bodied to light and crisp. Here are my favorites…and there’s not a green one in the bunch.
For the traditionalists, you can’t go wrong with a pint of Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day. This rich and creamy Irish favorite has a great roasted malt flavor with a hint of chocolate and rich, creamy foam. This hearty brew is best straight out of the bottle or, if it’s canned, from a classic pint glass.
Murphy’s Irish Stout
If you like stout, but want to try something different, give Murphy’s Irish Stout a try. It’s a bit sweeter and lighter than Guinness and has notes of chocolate and coffee that are surprising to find in a beer that’s this drinkable.
Smithwick’s Irish Red Ale
While most people think of stout when it comes to Irish beer, red ale is a huge part of Irish brewing tradition. With a caramel scent and grainy flavors, this beer has more flavor than most things you’ll find on tap. But it’s thinner than a stout and easy to drink, making it great for extended periods of beer-drinking.
This crisp summery lager starts out bitter, but quickly turns clean and refreshing. Light and crispy, it’s made with pure water from the Cooley Mountains. With many of the same qualities drinkers enjoy in Stella Artois or Heineken, it incorporates a bit of Irish authenticity to back it up.
Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale
If you can’t decide between a stout and an Irish red, this is the brew for you. The taste can be described as Smithwick’s with less hops and a creamy head like Guinness. This amber brew has the rich aroma and flavor of toasted malt and is sweet and creamy, offset by some bitterness.
So there you have it. This St. Patrick’s Day, pull up a stool at your favorite pub and try one of these great brews. And if you start seeing leprechauns, maybe it’s time to call it a night.