Best Irish Beer And Whiskey Pairings


Best Irish Beer And Whiskey Pairings

Saint Patrick’s Day conjures visions of shamrocks, leprechauns, and Riverdancing.  While many of you will attempt an Irish jig this weekend, we all know the real point of St. Patrick’s Day – raising awareness for Ireland. Nah, just kidding. It’s just a mass-marketed drinking holiday. Like its cousin, Cinco De Mayo, St. Paddy’s (not Patty’s) has major backing from worldwide beverage companies to make you drink their beer. While beer is in important part of the celebration, most Irish beers are really low in alcohol, so you’ll need to supplement it with something in order to get the courage to cut a rug to Murphy’s Hornpipe on a bar with a tiny man dressed as a leprechaun. Let ManBQue take the guesswork out of pairing your Irish beer with whiskey.

ManBQue-smithwicksSmithwick’s Irish Ale

Deep amber AND a castle on the bottle?! Show the bar who’s Irish this St. Paddy’s day. That 4.5% abv isn’t going to get you seeing double leprechauns fast enough, so it looks like you’ll have to make up for that with some delicious Irish whiskey.

Suggested whiskey: Jameson

ManBQue-kilkenny-irish-cream-aleKilkenny Irish Cream Ale

Forget Killian’s Irish Red this St. Patrick’s Day – instead have an Irish Red actually made in Ireland. At 4.30%, you’re definitely going to slap on a pair of Irish handcuffs with this beer to make significant inebriative progress.

Suggested whiskey: Jameson

ManBQue-HarpHarp Lager

As a lager with a dry finish, Harp is the beer that makes you want to drink more beer. Which is perfect for St Patrick’s day. In order or hear the harps of Gaelic gods (do they even play harps?) you need to up your Irish game. You know what goes great with this beer? Whiskey!

Suggested whiskey: Jameson

manbque-guinnessGuinness

Guinness: the original Irish beer for most Americans. Carbonated with nitrogen, this is a solid stout to drink any day of the year. The beer holds flavors of iron and peat with a thick, frothy head. Many think that Guinness is a heavy beer, but besides the foam on top, it really isn’t. Guinness has 126 calories per 12 oz. Coca-Cola, by way of comparison has 140, and you had no problem getting shitfaced off of rum and coke during college. At 4.2% abv, this ale is good for the long haul. Then again, St Patrick’s Day isn’t a cookout, you need to add something to awaken that Irishman in you.

Suggested whiskey: Jameson

Mystic Celt 3443 N. Southport Ave. Chicago, IL 60657 773-529-8550Green Bud Light

It’s cheap AND it’s green! Just like your shirt, hat, sunglasses, underwear, and beads. Served best in plastic cup accompanied by a crowded bar. Welcome to amateur hour. You’re going to need something to wash that green food coloring off your tongue.  Why not whiskey?!?

Suggested whiskey: Jameson

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! May I bid you all an Irish goodbye.

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