Ballantine Beer Leaderboard
Find happy hours and drink specials anywhere you are

For St. Patrick's Day, 6 Irish Beers That Aren't Guinness

by Chase Harrison on Mar 14, 2013 in Beer
For St. Patrick's Day, 6 Irish Beers That Aren't Guinness

The beer style known as a stout actually originated in England, but, thanks in large part to the worldwide popularity of Guinness, the dark-clored beer has in become synonymous with Ireland. Many people will be tossing back a Guinness this weekend, but there are quite a few other good Irish beers out there. Check out a list of some alternative sips for St. Patrick’s Day.

O’Hara’s Irish Stout: Two-hundred thirty years younger than Ireland’s most famous brewery, Carlow offers up a dry stout that is a nice change of pace, thanks to complex flavors of vanilla and liquorice, with an espresso-like finish (4.3% ABV)

Dungarvan Helvick Gold: This small brewery is part of a small but burgeoning Irish craft beer scene making brews that fall outside of the friendly confines of reds and stouts. This is a drinkable and faithful rendition of an American blonde ale, very sessionable at 4.9% ABV.

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout: Clocking in at 7.5% ABV (3% higher than regular Guinness), this superior and more potent offering features hints of chocolate and fruit and is much hoppier than its baby brother.

Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale: While technically a red ale, the creaminess and heaviness of this brew makes it seem more like a hybrid between a red and Ireland’s other most popular style, the stout. Though it’s packaged by the same company that ships Guinness, Harp and others, it is made in the oldest craft brewery in the Ireland (4.3% ABV).

Murphy’s Irish Stout: Though a product of the Heinken empire (known more for its pale, light-flavored beers), Murphy’s is still brewed in Cork, Ireland. This dark, creamy stout is similar to Guinness in its smoothness and drinkability (4% ABV).

Porterhouse Wrasslers XXXX Stout: With roasted fire and coffee notes, this stout from Dublin has gained critical acclaim. There are a lot of bold flavors to sift through, but at 5% ABV, it’s okay if it takes a few beers to discover them all.

 

 

 

Recent Articles
Watch Patrick Stewart's Classy Take on the Ice Bucket Challenge
High-Roller Blows $80K at a Vegas Club to Construct a VIP Section Made of Beer
Concerns Over Defective Bottles Prompts Corona Recall
spacer
2 Gingers Below Features
From Around The Web

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Concerns Over Defective Bottles Prompts Corona Recall

Concerns Over Defective Bottles Prompts Corona Recall

The recall covers only bottles bearing specific production codes ...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Aug 20, 2014
Bourbon Production Is Booming; So Is Consumption

Bourbon Production Is Booming; So Is Consumption

An all out depletion of inventories is unlikely, but so are chances of prices falling any time soon...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Aug 19, 2014
Sat
Aug 30
Sat
Sep 13
K Street NW adjacent to Georgetown Waterfront 
SPONSORED
Find happy hours and drink specials anywhere you are
Neighborhood Happy Hour Crawl: Petworth

Neighborhood Happy Hour Crawl: Petworth

This week, we're checking out the NW neighborhood of Petworth. Cozy bars with lots of locals abound. ...read more ›

by Mara Kurlandsky Aug 19, 2014
Watch What Happens When a Dude Uses a Banana to Open a Beer Bottle
by The Drink Nation Aug 18, 2014
Beer Review: Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery's Session Saison

Beer Review: Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery's Session Saison

At 4.9 percent ABV, the farmhouse ale can be consumed over long drinking sessions; its finish is clean, it's light on the palate and its straw-colorat...read more ›

by Nathan Solheim Aug 18, 2014
The Can't-Miss Events of DC Beer Week 2014

The Can't-Miss Events of DC Beer Week 2014

The annual festival celebrates the best brews with tap-takeovers, tastings, limited releases, beer dinners, educational seminars and the chance to mee...read more ›

by Mara Kurlandsky Aug 15, 2014
Does Sarah Palin Need an Alcohol Intervention?

Does Sarah Palin Need an Alcohol Intervention?

For the second time in a month, her strange behavior has prompted many to wonder if she has a drinking problem ...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Aug 15, 2014
Is It Too Soon For Pumpkin Beer?

Is It Too Soon For Pumpkin Beer?

Breweries that prematurely release seasonal beers are making a mockery of the term, while making themselves look foolish...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Aug 14, 2014
Best Washington, D.C. Brunch Drink Specials

Best Washington, D.C. Brunch Drink Specials

Whether you're trying to get the best of a hangover or simply celebrating the weekend with a bout of day drinking, these bars with breakfast sipping s...read more ›

by Drink DC Feb 10, 2014
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close