With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, we start to think of some rather dark ale to celebrate with – most commonly the one with a harp on the bottle. When Arthur Guinness set up his brewery in 1759 he was brewing standard ale of the day, but it was when he switched to Porter production that things took off. But what about other Irish beers to celebrate ol’ St. Patrick?
Dark and bitter, this stout is one of the big three in Ireland, being brewed since 1792. Long lasting head, lots of roast, and coffee. An excellent beer.
Murphy’s Irish Stout
Nuttier and more chocolatey than other stouts, this dark drink with hints of espresso would be great as desert or any other time.
Kilkenny Irish Cream All
Bright redish-brown with a beige head, this ale is smooth and well balanced. Easy drinking and a treat to have.
Murphy’s Irish Red
Bronze in colour with fruity and carmel notes, this red ale finishes crips and dry. Best followed by another.
Smithwick’s Irish Ale
Brewed on the site of an Abbey, this beautifully amber ale is balanced smooth and refreshing.
O’Hara’s Celtic Stout
Brewed in an ancient Celtic tradition with only barley, water, yeast, and hops it pours dark burgundy and is roasty and creamy.