When I celebrate St. Patrick’s Day responsibly, I do love drinking Irish beers. I’m really not into green beer though. So, here are some Irish brews the “experts” say you might want to try if you haven’t already. They are in no particular order.
You can enjoy Guinness Draft at just about any bar, tavern, or pub in the Las Vegas valley, even if the establishment doesn’t have an Irish theme. One of the most popular, and smoothest, of the Emerald Isle’s brews.
Ireland is known for it’s stout brews, and Murphy’s Irish Stout is also a favorite of many.
If you’re not into stout beers, Murphy’s produces a very good Red Ale too.
My favorite red ale from Ireland is Smithwick’s.
If you’re looking for a brew that’s lighter and easy-drinking, Harp Lager is one of the best.
One of my early introductions into Irish beers was the “Black & Tan,” and less offensively known as a “Half & Half” in Ireland. The bartender pours half a glass of pale ale or lager, like Harp, and then a stout, like Guinness.
George Killian’s Irish Red Ale does have “red” in it’s name, but it’s actually a very popular Irish lager. It finishes with a bit of a peppery flavor.
Many of the Irish breweries have been around for centuries. Guinness was started in Dublin in 1759. However, there are some newer breweries on the scene, including O’Hara’s, who make a very good pale ale.
In the mood for something with a smooth, caramel flavor? Kilkenny’s Irish Cream Ale was first produced in 1710, and it is now owned and brewed by Guinness.
How about a beer that tastes nothing like most of the Irish brews on this list? Here’s a modern pale ale that is double-hopped and includes hints of peach and apricot flavors. I haven’t tried it yet, but I hear this Hop House 13 Lager is very good.
These are just ten delicious examples of Irish-made brews which are not green. I’m sure we missed one of your favorites. Feel free to share your recommendations on our Facebook or Twitter posts about this article. Hope you get to try one (or two) while you’re celebrating responsibly on St. Patrick’s Day! “Sláinte!”
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