No one really “gears up” for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s not a holiday you have to prepare for in so many ways. It’s laid back in the sense that stateside it’s become a day synonymous with good luck charms and good-natured day drinking. But we think there’s just enough room to make it your own.
Make March 17th a day to look forward to. Skip the green-tinted beer and stock up on some craft Irish specials, perfectly paired with your tastes.
Four Craft Beers You’ll Love This St. Patrick’s Day –
Innis & Gunn Irish Whisky Aged Stout – if you’re aiming to amp up your St. Patrick’s Day palate, this is your award winning choice. With notes of honey and spice, this oak-aged beer is a seasonal favorite. As Innis & Gunn founder and Master Brewer, Douglas Sharp, points out, “Ireland is known for its great stouts and its amazing whiskey. We’re paying tribute to both of them.”
Flying Dog Lucky SOB Irish Red – a rich and malty, this amber-colored Irish ale is the perfect limited edition brew to pair with your St. Patrick’s Day festivities. It’s literally, not figuratively, brewed with four leaf clovers, making it a pretty tasty lucky charm for the weekend.
Brooklyn Brewery Irish Dry Stout – your replacement for a hearty Guinness, this Irish Stout is exactly what you’d expect of it – traditional stout with hints of milk chocolate and coffee. A little like an Irish Car Bomb (wihtout the mess) in single drink form.
Conway’s Irish Ale – hailing from Great Lakes Brewing Co. this is an Irish ale with a story. Co-founders of the Midwestern brewery and twin Irish brothers, Patrick and Daniel Conway, pay homage to their grandfather and Cleveland policeman with this ale. With its smooth, caramel malt flavor, it’s the sort of spirit that’ll just warm you right up.
An Irish Brunch –
Take your average weekend brunch plans and give them a St. Patty’s spin. Soak up all the awaiting alcohol with Irish-inspired staples, like corned beef hash or fish and chips.
Alternatively, if you’re planning on doing a DIY Irish meal at home or for guests, try your hand at re-creating a few of these innovative dishes from our favorite local Irish pubs.
Cork & Kerry on Chicago’s south side is responsible for the Irish egg roll – an egg roll filled with corned beef, cabbage and cheddar – and Chief O’Neil’s Pub is known for their Guinness-infused meatloaf.
If you’re interested in a full Irish breakfast, try O’Shaughnessy’s Public House’s bangers, black and white pudding, eggs, potatoes and baked beans on toasted soda bread. Doesn’t get much heartier than that.
And if you’re adventurous (by adventurous we mean insane) try your hand at creating Paddy Long’s The Bomb – ground sausage, pork and beef wrapped in a brown sugar bacon weave and slow cooked. You’ll die, but you’ll love it.
Ultimately, there are more ways to be a part of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations than what you typically think of when the holiday rolls around. Just enjoy your weekend the way you would, with a few lucky little twists.