With March 17th right around the corner, it's about time to dust off those green outfits and pour a pint in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. If you're looking to branch outside of a traditional Guinness, try some of these Irish-brewed and inspired beers.
Lager - A classic choice for celebrating the holiday, this light and slightly-carbonated beer can even be dyed green for those feeling exceptionally festive. Try an old favorite like Harp Lager, originally brewed in Dundalk, Ireland, which gives off a hint of baked-bread flavor. For something even lighter (in taste and calories) Rockshore Irish Lager may be the way to go.
Irish Cream Ale - Irish Cream Ale is a top choice for those looking for something smooth and creamy, hence the name. Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale has subtle hints of floral and caramel, paired with an easily drinkable finish. For something made closer to home, Toms River Brewing, in Toms River, New Jersey, has a Sweet Nothin' Honey Cream Ale made with local wildflower honey.
Red Ale - An Irish Red Ale is all about balance; with blends of maltiness, sweetness and a low bitterness profile. Lucky SOB from Flying Dog Brewery out of Frederick, Maryland, makes an exceptionally Irish ale; it's subtly sweet with a hint of earthy flavor, maybe due to the four-leaf clovers they brew in each batch!
Stout - Stouts are the perfect choice for those who want a mouthful of flavor, without the bubbles. Murphy's Irish Stout, brewed in Cork, Ireland, can be described as a sweeter Guinness, with flavors of coffee and chocolate milk.
Cider - If beer isn't your go-to beverage, Ireland is no slouch when it comes to sweet cider. A bottle of Magners Original served over ice can be just the ticket for fruit lovers; it's fermented with 17 varieties of apples. It also comes in Pear and Berry flavors.