St. Patrick’s Day Sláinte

By Julia Herz

America is a melting pot, rich with people who have different backgrounds and different heritage. As a nation we don’t all celebrate the same holidays nor do we all eat the same food or practice the same traditions. This point brings me to St. Patrick’s Day. Something interesting has happened.  To me it is stating the obvious, but things have grown beyond celebrating the luck of the Irish into a holiday that’s just not the same without enjoying a good beer and not just beer by the brand name of Guinness (see article: 10 Stouts To Try-And Not Ones Named Guinness, by Joshua Bernstein).

Craft Brewers have some very creative and tasty ways to pass the time on what is already a day filled with rewarding food and drink. A quick web search yields many special beers and happenings at craft breweries across the U.S.

Sly Fox Brewery in PA:  Attend their Boot Camp for 10 weeks and then on St. Patrick’s Day they give away a free trip to Ireland to one of the campers.

Harpoon Brewery in MA: Their Celtic Ale (an Irish Red) became so popular around Boston that it is now their annual spring seasonal.

Snake River in WY:  On St. Patrick’s Day join Executive Chef Ryan Brogan who will serve up an assortment of authentic Irish menu items along with the Snake River Fitzgerald’s Irish Stout.

Lompoc Brewing in OR: On Tuesday, March 16th Lompoc will have an Irish celebration, including complementary corned beef sliders, a screening of the classic movie Darby O’Gill, and pints of Dagda Irish Ale and High & Dry Irish Stout. Dagda is named after the “good god” of the Celts who was a prominent figure in Irish mythology.

I sent a query to our database of breweries to ask them to share their plans with visitors below. I encourage and hope you also share how you plan to toast the day.

Sláinte, Julia

Julia Herz is the Craft Beer Program Director for the Brewers Association, co-author of the free Beer & Food Course, as well co-author of Beer Pairing (Voyageur Press). She is a life-long homebrewer, BJCP beer judge and Certified Cicerone®. Despite her extensive experience, she will always consider herself a beer beginner on an unending journey to learn more about craft beer.

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