Guide to Beer for St. Patrick's Day
The must-know beer list for St. Patrick's Day!
Ireland is known for two great contributions when it comes to drinking: Irish whiskey and Irish beer. We are going to focus on the latter of those contributions, as the delicious stouts, ales and lagers of Ireland have become staple items at most St. Patrick's Day celebrations. We're going to be talking about 2 of the most popular types of beer in Ireland— the Irish Dry Stout and the Irish Red ale— and the most similar brews you can try here at our local breweries. Let's get started!
Irish Dry Stout
Characteristics: Jet black to deep brown in appearance, with some garnet highlights here and there. The second signature is the thick, creamy, long-lasting tan to brown colored head.
Taste: Super creamy and a moderate, roasty, grainy sharpness of flavor, with medium to high hop-bitterness. The roasted grains provide a dry, coffee-like finish and often some unsweetened chocolate character in the palate.
Food Pairings: Basically, any member of the shellfish family is a great option with this style of beer. Other great pairings would be pork, ham, sausage, bacon or tenderloin. Most heartier, richer foods apply here as well— BBQ, burgers or even steak.
Comparisons to Try: American style stouts, modern Porter styles, and dark brown ales.
1. McGinnis | Grainworks Brewing, West Chester
This brew is dry with a pleasant toasty aftertaste and a subtle hint of coffee that comes through quite nicely. You can also try the Oatmeal Stout (coffee and dark chocolate flavors wrapped up in an easy drinking package) or the Rusty Bumper (smooth drinking brown ale with hints of coffee and chocolate).
Photo Credit : Grainworks Brewing
2. We Been Dancin' | Swine City Brewing, Fairfield
An American Brown Ale with notes of caramel and honey. This malt forward Brown Ale will have you dancin' all night long!
Photo Credit : Swine City Brewing
3. Midnight Cut | Municipal Brew Works, Hamilton
This American Porter has the sophistication of roasted coffee, the sharp bite of dark chocolate and the slightest wisp of smokiness. You can also try the True West (The Midnight Cut Porter with cold brewed coffee from True West Coffee blended in).
Photo Credit : Municipal Brew Works
4. Zenith | Figleaf Brewing Company, Middletown
This milk stout is a toasty, yet semi-sweet offering deep coffee and cocoa notes. This yummy brew is sure to satisfy your St. Patty's Day cravings!
Photo Credit : FigLeaf Brewing Company
5. Nat's Nightcap | DogBerry Brewing, West Chester
Dark and dry American Stout with a medium body, sharp roast and light smokey notes.
Photo Credit : DogBerry Brewing
Irish Red Ale
Characteristics: These beers have a low to moderate malt aroma, with some whiffs of caramel, toast, and toffee. There is very little going on as far as hops and their signature is that amber, red, or copper color with a minimal off-white head.
Taste: Solid, slightly sweet caramel malt flavor is the first thing you’ll notice upon your first sip, with some roasted grain and a dry finish.
Food Pairings: Red ale will pair nicely with just about anything that may be on the grill or oven-roasted— chicken, barbecue, seafood, burgers or even pizza would be a great option. Don’t be afraid to spice it up either, as the sweetness in the beer and the dry finish will help to cool off any heat.
Comparisons to Try: American red ales and amber ales.
This red-amber ale supplies earthy notes of the Ahtanum hop, with a rich amber color, medium body, and subtle spice.
2. Good Enough for Me | Swine City Brewing, Fairfield
Oatmeal Cookie Raisin Amber ale with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg, bringing this raisin soaked Amber together.
This American Amber Ale is a smooth and peanut buttery brew with malty flavors balanced with a hoppy finish!
Photo Credit : FigLeaf Brewing
4. Free City Ale | Municipal Brew Works, Hamilton
This red-amber ale has sweet, clean malts with a balancing dose of spicy hops that make this an easy drinking, tasty and fun brew.
Photo Credit : Municipal Brew Works