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Ireland. Home of rolling green hills, ancient castles, the Blarney Stone and a holiday that started as a celebration for the patron saint and turned into an excuse to drink green beer. With parties like that, you know you have a country that understands how to make great beer. In fact, at one time there were over 200 breweries in Ireland, with 55 of them in Dublin alone.
At one point in Irish history, the Irish Parliament heavily taxed distilling because they wanted to encourage brewing. They reasoned that beer was less harmful to drink than whiskey. Who are we to argue with the government? So grab a pint and discover why the Irish are such jovial folks.
Types of Irish Beer:
Since about half the alcohol consumed in Ireland is beer, we're pretty sure the Irish know what they're doing when it comes to brewing. Whether you're looking to host your own St. Patrick's Day party or you simply want to try out the best the Emerald Isle has to offer, these Irish beers should top your list.
Perhaps the most famous of Irish beers is Guinness. With its deep black color and white head, it's also very recognizable. This dry stout features a burnt and tangy flavor that comes from the roasted unmalted barley and malted barley. Guinness comes in a number of varieties, including Draught, Extra Stout, Foreign Extra Stout, Red and more. According to the company, the perfect pour should take 119.5 seconds, but we promise we won't tell if you decide to consume it a little faster than that.
Harp Lager is a line created by Guinness to compete with other pale lagers. It has a golden-amber color and a refreshing flavor that's described as smooth and sharp. It also has a sweet aroma and a creamy feel. Even though ales were consumed thousands of years before lagers took hold, we have to admit that the new kid sometimes knows what he's doing.
Murphy's Irish Stout:
If Guinness is the king of Irish beers, Murphy's Irish Stout is the playboy younger brother who just wants to have some fun. Murphy's Irish Stout is often described as less heavy and bitter with a flavor that's similar to caramel and malt. Some even describe the beer as being like chocolate milk. However, we wouldn't recommend dunking your cookies in this drink.