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Seven Beers to Drink on St. Patrick’s Day

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With Saint Patrick’s Day fast approaching, the time has come to prep ourselves for that annual celebration of dressing in your best green t-shirt and wandering around while shouting at things. To celebrate the holiday where everyone is Irish (except, of course, people who aren’t Irish) Bier Magazine has amassed together a collection of seven Irish brews to make your Saint Patrick’s Day at least somewhat authentic.

Guinness

Saint Patrick’s Day is like the Super Bowl for Guinness. Come late February, the Irish staple can be found in elaborate displays everywhere from the local beer shop to the corner grocery store, all adorned with green hats and t-shirts emphatically reminding shoppers that it’s the single most Irish product on the entire planet. And what’s the best thing to do with the notoriously thick beer on Saint Patrick’s Day? Drop a thick Irish liqueur into the glass and drink it really fast, making sure to scream loudly upon completion.

McSorley’s Black Irish Lager

Originally brewed at McSorley’s Old Ale House, Manhattan’s oldest Irish Pub, McSorley’s Black Irish lager is one of the two beers that the century and a half old bar serves to this day. The McSorely brand has been passed from brewer to brewer over the past 20 years, starting off at Stroh Brewery, and then moving over to Pabst Brewing, and is now brewed by Pennsylvania brewer Lion. Still, drinking the crisp, dark beer is like spending the evening in the Lower Manhattan watering hole and Saint Patrick’s Day favorite without the added stress of being stared down by the bar’s gruff, Irish bartenders.

Murphy’s Irish Stout

Billed as a slightly lighter and sweeter alternative to Guinness, Murphy’s Irish Stout has been the underdog in the battle for Irish palates for decades. Because Beamish, the third major competitor in the Irish Stout battle, ended distribution in the US last March, Murphy’s represents the only major competitor to Guinness left in the domestic beer market. It’s an ideal beer for those who want to celebrate the holiday but still retain their contrarian, counter-culture edge. Just try to forget that Murphy’s is owned by super-conglomerate Heineken.

Harp

Guinness’s own Irish made lager offers the opportunity to drink like an Irishman on Saint Patrick’s Day to those turned off by the famously dense stout. A solid, light lager, Harp goes down fast and easy, and is better suited for a more, let’s say, active party atmosphere.

Magners Original Irish Cider

Best served over ice, this ruby colored beverage’s tart flavor and crisp carbonation makes it the perfect remedy for breaking up those bricks of Irish Stout that have formed in your stomach. Magners may not be the best cider on shelves, but it manages to undercut most hard ciders’ tendency for cloying sweetness. Also, in Great Britain and Ireland, the brand is widely thought of as a hobo beverage, notorious for that fast, cheap buzz. Perfect for Saint Patrick’s Day.

Curim Gold Celtic Wheat Beer

Hangovers can be a problem when it comes to an evening of beer appreciation, but according to common lore, the libation of unfiltered beer, like a hefeweizen, will leave drinkers waking up feeling like roses. Apparently the leftover yeast provides the body with vitamin B12, a nutrient that’s lost when the body absorbs a large amount of alcohol. So rather than drink any old wheat brew this Saint Patrick’s Day, go for Curim Gold Celtic Wheat Beer, one of the few wheat beers brewed in Ireland.

Miller Lite

Okay, so much for authenticity. Since when has Saint Patrick’s Day been about anything other than pounding thoroughly un-Irish watery domestics until you try to fight someone? While Miller Lite may be as Irish as Lucky Charms, its light color makes it the perfect beer to dye green for the evening, making it Irish enough for most people. Just be sure not to overdo it on the food coloring, too much can make an already iffy keg beer into a swamp flavored mess. Always dye responsibly.