St Patrick’s Day is ON and we’ve four serious St Paddy’s Day beers that you’ll need to have on hand…
A St Patrick’s Day Classic (Planet Earth) – Any collection of St Patrick’s Day beers starts and ends with the Mother of them all.
Brewed at St James Gate in Dublin, Ireland and available worldwide Guinness Draught is a rich and creamy nitro-fueled Irish Dry Stout which at 4.2% ABV that is already being consumed at St Patrick’s Day celebrations around the world.
Developed in 1959, this beer marked a celebration of Arthur Guinness signing his 9,000-year lease and 200 years of groundbreaking brewing.
Sláinte! (Longmont, CO) – If ever there was an American craft brewery whose reputation was deservedly built on the back of a nitro stout, it’s Longmont, Colorado’s award-winning Left Hand Brewing. And they brew one of the best St. Patrick’s Day beers on the face of the planet.
Pumped out of its mind on lactose (the milk sugar that gives this beer its appealing creaminess), and on the nitrogen that ensures its deep rich head, Left Hand Dry Irish Stout Nitro is a full-bodied 4.3% ABV Dry Stout that’s been brewed to paired with another this St Patrick’s Day.
“Milk Stout Nitro has long been the craft beer of choice for St. Patrick’s Day,” says Jason Ingram, National Sales Director at Left Hand. “As most of us continue to celebrate holidays a little differently, there’s no better way to bring a taste of our favorite holiday home but with this Dry Irish Stout variation.”
Stout Stuff (ST Paul, MN) –After 17 years Summit Brewing is finally bottling a cult favorite that up until now has only been available on draft. Inspired by stouts from the United Kingdom and sporting a roasty sweetness, Summit Oatmeal Stout is a 5% ABV ultra-balanced dark ale with rich coffee, caramel and chocolate notes and a full-bodied finish.
“Oatmeal Stouts tend to not be as acidic as Irish Stouts, so on or off a nitro tap this beer will still retain a sweetness and full body, said Summit head Brewer Damian McConn. “The elevated carbon dioxide levels for the bottled version adds a sharpness to the aromas, really bringing forth the hazelnut notes and even added a hint of florals. It’s a bit fuller, a bit sharper, but just as delicious.”
Red Head (Kansas City, MO) – Unapologetically sweeter than some Irish Reds and tethered to a rich, chocolate and caramel malt bill, Boulevard Brewing’s Irish Red Ale is a smart and flavorful early spring offering, that although perfect for St Patrick’s Day, we wish would hang around all year long.
Pouring deep tawny amber and nicely positioned at 5.8% ABV Boulevard’s Irish Red is an honest tribute to the legendary malt-forward ales of old Ireland that never forgets it’s Midwestern roots.