St. Patrick’s Day is a great time to party a little bit and have a beer (or several). Since you’re celebrating the Irish on this holiday, it makes sense to choose traditional Irish beers. That includes stouts, which are dark beers. They are pretty popular in Ireland and many of them are also brewed there. Here are some tasty ones to order up this year. Pair any of them with corned beef and cabbage and you’re good to go. Don’t forget to wear your green!
1. Obsidian Stout
Here’s an award winning stout that you can really get behind drinking. It’s stronger than some beers so you might want to limit your intake to a glass or two, but while you’re sipping, you will be happy. This beer has undertones of espresso and chocolate and is sold in many parts of the United States. Order it a bar or buy yourself a six pack to drink at home.
2. Bowens Island Oyster Stout
As the name implies, this stout is brewed with fresh oysters, giving it a briny flavor that works really well with the barley used to ferment the brew. The oysters also give the beer a pleasant saltiness that makes it stand above the rest. Enjoy it with some oysters on the half shell for the perfect St. Paddy’s Day meal.
3. Milk Stout Nitro
If you love chocolate milk, you will love this stout. There’s brown sugar, vanilla and coffee in there, which makes it a thick beer that you are going to love. This beer is also nitrogenated like Guinness, so you’ll need to shake it up and down and pour into a glass that isn’t tilted so you get the right amount of head on it.
4. Murphy’s Irish Stout
Here’s an Irish beer that you are going to love. It’s a perfect choice if you don’t want a super dark beer like Guinness. It’s still considered a stout, but won’t be as dark and heavy as many others. Flavors of chocolate, caramel and espresso combine in this beer to give it a rich taste that is ideal for a party.
5. Smithwick’s Irish Ale
If you aren’t a stout fan at all, this is the perfect alternative. The original Smithwick’s brewery dates back to the 14th century so you know this one has a long standing popularity that you will adore. It’s a red ale so it has a pleasant caramel and hops taste that makes it a lovely choice for a celebration.
6. Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale
This amber ale has the great flavor of malt mixed with cream and is a less intense choice if you don’t want something dark like a stout. You can pair this delicious beer with a variety of foods so you should be able to have an epic St. Patrick’s Day meal when you choose this creamy ale. You won’t be sorry!
7. Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout
This dark stout is 8% alcohol so it will hit you a little harder than some of the others. However, if you love a rich, dark beer, this is the one for you. The taste is a delicious melding of molasses, chocolate, coffee and malt and you are going to love it! Just make sure you don’t drink too many.
What are you drinking this St. Patrick’s Day? Who will you be celebrating with?