St. Patrick’s Day used to be a subdued religious holiday until we got our party-hardy hands on it. Now, it has morphed into the best-drinking night of the year. Whether you are truly Irish or simply pin on a “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” button as you dust off your bagpipes for the day, beer is part of the celebration. If you want a genuine Irish experience, ditch the watery green stuff and get some genuine Irish beer.
Best Genuine Irish Beers
Ireland is synonymous with beer, namely because they know what they are doing. Finding a crappy beer in Ireland would be like finding a bad plate of pasta in Italy. It just isn’t going to happen. The most popular beers in Ireland are stouts, ales, and lagers.
Guinness is by far the most well-known stout. It hit the scene in 1795 and Arthur Guinness leased the brewery for 9,000 years. Now that’s a man who knew what he was making would be loved for a long time. Guinness is a deep and dark stout and is excellent in a float, or with shepherd’s pie and soda bread.
Murphy’s is a stout that is taking off in America. Sweeter than Guinness, the nitrogenated beer has a long-lasting flavorful head and a creamy texture. Beamish Irish Stout is about as genuine at it gets. This beer is made from the yeast originally cultivated in 1792.
Southwicks Irish red ale has a hoppy and deep malt flavor. It goes well with corned beef to offset the saltiness. Barley wine is also a recommended beer with corned beef. The beers compliment the coriander and peppercorns. Kilkenny Irish cream ale is another alternative to stout. Pale ales are great with fish and chips because they cut through the thickness of the batter.
How Does Irish Beer Compare to American Beer?
First of all, Irish beer is richer and bolder. No offense American beer lovers, but our ales, pilsners, lagers, and wheat beer doesn’t have the texture, depth, and aftertaste of a really good authentic Irish beer.
We do have some smooth and light options that fare from good old fashioned American hops. Our pilsners are golden with a high hop flavor. American lagers are pale, fruity, and lack the hoppiness. Our pale ales are a light copper with high bitterness and American wheat is light, golden and has a fruity aroma.
How to Get Your Hands on the Best Beers
You might be ready to ditch the cheap green beer but not ready to fly to Dublin. Fortunately we have options beyond what Arthur Guinness could have foreseen when he signed that obnoxiously confident lease. We have beer clubs. Yes, you can imbibe, play your bagpipes, smother yourself in corned beef, and enjoy awesome beers without leaving the house.
The Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club is one option. They offer an International Beer Club choice that sends you 12 12-ounce bottles for $34.95 a month. They also have a Rare Beer Club, an IPA only Beer Club, as well as US Micro Brew Club.
The Craft Beer Club focuses on a wide variety of craft beers from the country’s best small, independent brewers! This club never delivers the same kind twice, and delivers 12-12oz beers of four different styles each month. Prices start at $42 a month with free shipping.