No green beer!

Show a little common sense, will you? Coloring bad beer green doesn’t make it any better and coloring good beer is just criminal. Don’t drink this stuff. Ever!

Guinness Irish StoutIf you want to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day by drinking some beer why not drink some authentic Irish beer instead of American mass-produced swill with food coloring in it? Doesn’t that make more sense? Will you be lining up for green chop suey or dyed pizza? No, that would be stupid. You will be eating corned beef and cabbage, or shepherd’s pie. Have a decent beer with it.

Here are a few suggestions:

Guinness – A classic! The perfect blend of sweet and bitter, this creamy stout sets the standard for all other stouts. The deep red color makes it appear to be black, and the head is incredibly creamy, but this beer is actually much lighter on the palate (and the gut, only 90 calories) than it would seem. The finish is reminiscent of coffee and milk chocolate.

Smithwicks – A relative newcomer in the States, but a very welcome one for travelers who had tasted it in Ireland. This is an Irish red ale, and one of the most perfect beers I have ever had. Exceptional balance makes this a dangerously drinkable ale. Usually pronounced “Smiddicks.”

Murphy’s – Another exceptional Irish stout. Slightly sweeter and maltier than Guinness, with some nutty flavors, this is another easy drinking stout. Very filling, this beer is almost a meal by itself. It has some wonderful mocha overtones in its finish.

O’Hara’s Celtic Stout – Unlike the previous two stouts, this one starts with the chocolate and coffee, and ends very dry. This is a very food-friendly stout. It is much nuttier and crisper than Guinness and Murphy’s and has a slightly tart finish.

Harp Lager – This is another food-friendly beer. It begins with some bitter hop bit and finishes exceptionally clean and sharp. While quite full-bodied for a lager, this is a very refreshing beer.

There are plenty of other great Irish beers, but those are the ones that you are most likely to encounter in your corner pub. These are vastly better than anything that is green. Also, many places will try and foist Killian’s off as Irish. It isn’t even close. Coors bought the recipe and name from a traditional Irish ale maker and then converted it to an American lager. Don’t let the color fool you, this is typical Coors swill.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! As the old saying goes:

There are many good reasons for drinking,
One has just entered my head.
If a man doesn’t drink when he’s living,
How in the hell can he drink when he’s dead?

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