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5 Irish Beers to Try This St. Patrick's Day

5 Irish Beers to Try This St. Patrick's Day

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day! Whether you’re hosting a party or just looking for a beer to bring out your Irish roots, here are 5 of the best Irish beers to enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day:

Guinness Extra Stout

First dreamt up in the 1800s, this Guinness has the distinctively deep black color you’d expect with a small tan head. The aroma? Subtle fermentation fruitiness and sweet, dark chocolate and coffee malt. It has a rounded flavor of both bitter and sweet with a slight bite. With a 5.6% ABV, this classic Guinness never disappoints.

Guinness Draught

Developed in 1959, this iconic dark Guinness beer marked the birth of the smooth, velvety texture. It is a sweet-smelling brew with notes of coffee. The perfectly smooth and creamy palate gives way to a balance of bitter and sweet flavor. Seriously, this one is a classic.

Smithwick’s Ale

Smithwick’s & Sons Ireland original Red Ale brew is a blend of mild hops, sweet malt, and roasted barley. With a deep bronze color and frothy head, this beer has a slightly sweet caramel taste with a dry hop bitterness.

Harp Lager

Harp Irish Lager was created in 1960 in Dundalk, Ireland. Most popular in the northern province of Ulster, this rich, golden Euro-style lager has a 5% ABV. Harp pours pale yellow and is recognized as having a smooth, refreshing hoppy taste and light beer flavor.

Murphy's Stout

Murphy’s is an internationally recognized Irish stout, brewed since 1856 in the southwest city of Cork, Ireland. Classified as an Irish Dry Stout, Murphy’s is dark in color and has a silky smooth texture. Toffee & coffee undertones, with almost no bitterness, give Murphy's Stout an irresistibly creamy finish. 

You can find all of your favorite beers, Irish or not, at your local Market Basket in New Hampshire or Maine! Find a store near you: