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March 13, 2011

St. Patrick’s Day Beers on NBC

by JHoll

Did you catch John on Sunday Today in New York talking about craft beers for St. Patrick’s Day? Here’s some more information on the beers he mentioned. Slàinte! 

St. Patrick’s Day has become one of revelry of parades filled with green-clad attendees and the sound of bagpipes and drums.

It’s also a day when people tend to imbibe and, being from Ireland, Guinness rules supreme. It’s a fine example of a dry stout and when served properly – a thick creamy head in that signature glass – it elicits a feeling of history and familiarity.

Today Guinness is owned by Diageo PLC, a London-based company that controls a number of global alcohol brands; a huge leap since Sir Arthur Guinness opened his brewery at St. James Gate in Dublin in 1759.

Today, American brewers are keenly aware of the contribution Guinness and other Irish brewers have made to the world of beer. As such, they have put their own spin on traditional favorites and even created recipes of their own.

On March 13, 2011 I appeared on NBC’s Sunday Today in New York to talk about some American-made craft beer alternatives to the traditional standbys, like Guinness, in an effort to  highlight some of the great beers being made closer to home.

If you tuned in, here’s a bit more about the beers we talked about.

HARPOON CELTIC ALE

Harpoon Brewing Company, Boston, MA.

5.4% Alcohol by Volume 

From the brewery:

Harpoon Celtic Ale is an Irish red ale.  In its first year of production, it was available only on tap in the Greater Boston area.  This was Harpoon’s salute to and the celebration of St Patrick.  The following year it became Harpoon’s official spring seasonal beer.

Harpoon Celtic Ale features a deep amber color.  The flavor is malty and complex.  Celtic Ale has a moderate hop finish that, along with the generous amounts of malt, makes for a medium bodied, smooth, rich beer.  Try serving Celtic Ale with a hearty stew… the beer’s robust character will complement the bold flavors.

ROGUE IRISH LAGER

Rogue Ales, Newport, Ore.

5.2% ABV

From the brewery:

An Irish style lager with a smooth mellow flavor and an apple crisp finish. Perfect for floating Guinness! In 1998 Rogue Brewmaster John Maier created an Irish style lager that would float Guinness. It took four batches to get it just right. John used acidulated malts imported from Europe that resulted in a crisp, apple flavor profile. The bottle label displays a famous Irish Flutist. Food Pairing: Seafood, Poultry

GARDEN STATE STOUT

New Jersey Beer Company, North Bergen, NJ.

6.6% Alcohol by Volume

And finally…

If beer is not your thing, how about a nice dram of whiskey? Friend and spirits writer Lew Bryson turned us on to the Redbreast 12-year-old Pure Pot Still Irish Whiskey. With notes of pepper, oils, and wood it’s a wonderful way to wind down any day, not just St. Patrick’s.

Slàinte!

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