The Drunk of the Irish

by | Mar 4, 2019

It’s almost that time of year! Originally a feast day founded by the Christian church in the early 17th century to commemorate christianity being brought to Ireland, St. Paddy’s day has become a day where everyone wears green and pretends they are Irish for no reason while getting completely smashed! Funny thing is, it’s difficult to find actual Irish beer in the US! Only one of the breweries below is actually owned and operated in Ireland! Can you guess which one before reading on?

5.  Guiness Draught

Ok so everyone thinks Guiness when it comes to Irish beers but this maco-brewery is now owned by Diageo, a England based conglomerate. They are famous for their stout with the only difference between their Draught and Extra/Original is the amount of carbonation (draught is smoother and extra is more bubbly). The Foreign Extra which is my favorite is created by Guiness shipping the wort from Dublin to other countries where it is then fermented with local ingredients.

ABV: 4.5%
IBU: 45
Style: Irish Dry Stout
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4.  Smithwicks

Pronounced “smittix” and touted as “Ireland’s Oldest Ale,” this brewery was actually bought out by Guinness 1965 so technically isn’t Irish anymore either! The original brewery building is still open for tours but does not produce any beer.

ABV: 4.5%
IBU: 0
Style: Irish Red Ale
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3.  Killians Irish Red

The one of 2 beers under the “Killians” label, this Irish style beer used to be brewed in Ireland but was bought by Miller-Coors in 1956 and is currently brewed in the US

ABV: 4.9%
IBU: 14
Style: American Amber / Red Lager
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2.  Leann Follain

The Carlow brewery is actually Irish and has good ratings on most of the flagships including their O’Hara Irish Stout, O’Hara Irish Red and Curim Gold Celtic Wheat. If you are looking to upgrade your St. Patrick’s Day game this year, be on the look out for their Leann Follain (Gaelic for “Wholesome Stout”) and save the Guinness for the carbombs.

ABV: 6.0%
IBU: 45
Style: Extra Irish Stout
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1.  Murphy’s Irish Stout

The only beer of the “Murphy’s” label, this stout was originally brewed in Ireland but bought out by Heineken in 1983 where it was heavily advertised to compete with Guinness.

ABV: 4.0%
IBU: 34
Style: Irish Dry Stout
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Honorable Mention: Magners

This cidery is owned and operated in Ireland! I’m not much of a cider fan but they do have many offerings, most available at your local bottle shop!

ABV: 4.5%
IBU: 0
Style: Dry Cider
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