Last year I wrote a couple posts regarding St. Patrick’s Day. I’m not a fan of this day for a few reasons that I won’t bother going into because it really doesn’t matter. This year, I’m writing to ask you to drink better beer, not only today, but everyday.
St. Patrick’s Day is generally reserved for Guinness, Killian’s, and that weird green beer. I’m going to suggest you avoid all three for a couple reasons. Guinness is owned by conglomerate Diageo. They’re located in London. Not very Irish, huh? Killian’s is an American beer made by Coors, but it’s not even an Irish Red Ale. It’s a lager, and it’s not Irish. Yes, the name was bought from an Irish company, but the beer is most definitely not Irish. And then there’s that weird green beer. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the ingredients in beer, nothing will make it green except for artificial coloring. Generally, the green beer is some tasteless American lager. It doesn’t even matter what kind of tasteless American lager it is, it’s not quality beer.
So this St. Patrick’s Day, I urge you to drink better beer. If you read that post I wrote about better beer for St. Patrick’s Day, I give some suggestions. I still suggest you avoid the Guinness, though if you have to drink Guinness, drink the good stuff. Guinness Extra Stout (what Guinness originally tasted like) and Guinness Foreign Extra Stout are excellent beers, and closer to what a true Irish Dry Stout should taste like. Guinness Draught is near tasteless in the grand scheme of things. Try something different, if you want. If you really prefer Guinness Draught, try Beamish or Murphy’s stouts. Guinness Draught isn’t even brewed in Ireland, at least not what we get in the US. It’s brewed in Canada.
As I said in that post, the Irish Dry Stout is actually an adaptation of an English beer. If you want to go true Irish, drink an Irish Red Ale. Murphy’s makes one that you can find around here, if you need to drink something from Ireland.
My suggestion for beer today would be to skip imported beers and drink something local, or at least more local than across an ocean. In that previous post, I suggested Harpoon Celtic Ale and Sam Adams Irish Red. They are both excellent American versions of the Irish Red Ale. Not only that, but they’re also better than their mass produced imported counterparts. If you want to go the stout route, try Gritty’s Black Fly Stout or Shipyard’s Blue Fin Stout. There are many American renditions of the Irish Dry Stout. Try one. You might be surprised. And if you really don’t feel like you need to drink an Irish style of beer, try something new. But do yourself a favor… drink local and avoid the “big 3” American breweries (though I guess it’s the big 2 now since Miller and Coors are one company, or maybe the big 1 since Anheuser-Busch is owned by InBev, a Belgian-Brazilian company).