As St. Patrick’s Day gets closer and closer, it was about time to take a look at Irish beer. This is one of the most Ã¢â‚¬Å“alcohol heavyÃ¢â‚¬Â holidays of the year, so itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s extra important to make sure we have the best of what’s out there. Many of you are likely tired of the well known, tall canned beers that are usually associated with this green-clad day, so we’ve gone out of the way to find some Irish beers from off the beaten path. As well, we have some other amazing offerings (Ahem… Jerkface 9000)! Here are the new arrivals this week:
Knock Me Down Porter by Eight Degrees Brewing.
One of several Irish beers arriving for St. Patrick’s day, this porter is mildly sweet with chocolate and espresso notes. It’s a modern take on a Victorian era porter using classic dark malts and traditional English hops. For those who are growing tired of Guinness but still want to stay in Ireland, this would be the first stop I’d recommend. ($19.99 for a 6-pack of bottles.)
Howling Gale Pale by Eight Degrees Brewing.
The American pale ale (APA) is the main influence for this Irish pale ale. The golden colored ale houses the big citrus and grapefruit notes that you’ve come to expect from a hop bill of Chinook, Amarillo and Centennial. All of this is not to say that the hops are out of balance, but quite the contrary! The golden off-pale malts bring this beer into a beautiful balance. ($19.99 for a 6-pack of bottles.)
Irish Red Ale from Porterhouse Brewing.
With a dynamic mash bill including pale, crystal, wheat and chocolate malts, this traditional Irish red ale boasts wonderful caramel and slight fudge characteristics with low IBU’s. At 4.2% abv, it is quite sessionable on a chilled day, but not heavy enough to be too filling! ($12.19 for a 4-pack of bottles.)
India Pale Ale from Green’s Brewing.
With their lineup of award winning gluten-free beers, it was only natural that they try their hand at a more modern style. This amber-red colored IPA is full of floral, herbal and piney-hoppy deliciousness, but is backed up with a generous caramel malty character. Green’s beers are brewed with gluten-free ingredients, so they are appropriate for even the most gluten sensitive out there! It’s definitely nice to see new and modern offerings from the blockbuster Belgian gluten-free brewery! ($7.69 for a 500mL bottle.)
Sriracha Hot Stout by Rogue Brewing.
From the brewery that gave you such off-the-wall beers as the Beard Beer, and the Voodoo Doughnut series, Rogue teams up with the world’s most popular hot sauce for this interesting stout. Cloaked in a bright red bottle with a green cap, the beer looks just like the iconic hot sauce. The stout houses a generous heat (but not too intense) that enhances the roasty, and coffee like malts, but is mellowed by the silky texture and mild malty sweetness. The heat also leaves the palate somewhat clean, ready for the next sip. Be sure to try it before it disappears! ($16.29 for a 650mL bottle.)
Jerkface 9000 by Parallel 49 Brewing.
If light and fruity are what you are looking for, then look no further! This American style wheat ale is very generously hopped with Mosaic and Ahtanum hops, giving this soft, crisp, wheaty brew a huge (HUGE!) tropical nose, with bright floral scents that intermingle with the wheat and malty aromas. All of this come across in a big way on the palate, while being clean enough to not stick around too long into the finish. A very quaffable beer. ($14.29 for a 6-pack of Bottles.)
One more thing I would like to mention, if you are looking for a great and educational way to start your evening off on St. Paddy’s day, we have a few more tickets left for our Irish tasting “The Irish are Coming!“. Hosted by both Hunter and myself (Shawn), this 7pm tasting is a stand-up format and will lead you through a brief history of Irish beer and Whisky along with hand selected (and delicious) examples of each and some snacks. Sign up in store, or online under the “in store tastings” heading.
Tuesday, March 17 $35. 403 283 8000
And, of course, if you’re interested in seeing the beer updates, what we’re pouring in store on Friday nights, or just general beer stuff (among other things), follow me on Twitter @ShawnsBrewsCGY
See you in the shop!