1. Bell’s Hopslam: Pouring a deep pot of gold-en color, Hopslam starts with six hop varietals added to the brew kettle and culminates with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops. It’s hugely aromatic with honey and hints of tropical fruit and floral notes. There’s a rich malt character up front while a beautiful symphony of hops dance along the palate. One of the best IPA’s in America. Bonus? The label is Emerald Isle green.
2. Moylan’s Brewery & Restaurant, Dry Irish Stout: Wonderful nutty, coffee and roasted grain aromas. Foundation of roasted barley with a nice mocha profile. It’s a solid and drinkable dry Irish Stout.
3. Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Knightro - Celtic Festival Beer: Okay, this is a bit of a tease, I realize, because it’s only available at the brewery. A fully Nitrogenated beer designed as their take on the creamy dry stouts of Ireland. It was brewed for a Celtic festival in Nevada County.
4. O'Hara's Celebration Stout: This stout has a style-appropriate dry roast taste, along with prune fruit flavors, light cocoa and a faint smokiness. Slightly viscous medium body, very tasty beer.
County Carlow, Ireland
5. Boulevard Brewing, Company Irish Ale: Midwestern tribute to the legendary red ales of old Ireland. They combine six kinds of pale and roasted barley malts. You can taste the crisp bitterness and then a wide range of malty goodness, including caramel and coffee. The coffee and perhaps biscuit notes are more notable as it warms.
Kansas City, Missouri
6. Flying Dog Brewery, Lucky SOB Irish Red: You gotta’ get lucky with a beer that’s brewed with real four leaf clovers, right? Brewed with Perle & Tettnang hops and 2-Row Pale, Munich, C-60 & Vienna specialty malts, this is a draft only beer, available in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Washington DC.
7. Harpoon Brewery, Harpoon Celtic: Pours a dark amber. Nice creaminess up front with notes of caramel, hints of maple syrup and some fruity malt roastiness. Cereal grains come out mid-palate and the end hits with a slight hop bitterness. Overall, a pretty good beer.
Available in 27 states
8. Brooklyn Brewery, Dry Irish Stout: Aside from British pale malts, the beer includes caramel malts, black patent malt, unmalted black barley and a proportion of flaked raw barley. Look for it at Barcade, Bierkraft, DBGB and other New York establishments.
Brooklyn, New York
9. Rogue, Irish Style Lager: This Euro Pale Lager has grassy, apple & husky grains aromas. The taste has a sweet start leading with notes of lemon, grass and green apples. The malts give it a lightly bready and cracker flavor. The bottle label displays a famous Irish flutist. A very tasty lager that's great for floating Guinness. Pair it with seafood and poultry.
10. Guinness Draught: You didn’t think I was going to leave out the most iconic Irish beer in the world, did you? I’m of Irish decent. My great-grandmother came over on the boat from Ireland, to New York City by herself, with $32 in her pocket. Nothing is done without effort, as she boldly demonstrated. Guinness celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2009. The year was 1759. British troops took Fort Ticonderoga in the Seven Years War. Voltaire's Candide was published. Good 'ol George Washington got hitched to Martha. King Ferdinand VI of Spain died. In other words, it was a looooooooooong time ago. As the Irish would say, 'de reir a cheile a thogtar na caisleain'. More than 1.8 billion pints consumed annually can't be wrong.
Here’s to a long life and a merry one,
A quick death and an easy one,
A pretty girl and an honest one,
A cold beer and another one!
St. Patrick's Day BeersWritten by Erin Peters
St. Patrick’s day is among the greatest beer-drinking holidays, where millions collectively fill up the mighty pint of beer, toasting to the patron saint of Ireland.
When you reach for a drink tomorrow, any one of these beers will serve you quite well.