St. Patrick’s Day Beer and Food Pairings

Cooking up colcannon for St. Patrick’s Day? Here’s what to pair with your food (there are no green beers in sight).
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There are basically three classic styles of Irish beer: lager, red ale and stout. While stout might be the iconic Irish beer we picture when thinking of pubs, lager is actually the most popular — and for good reason. Irish lagers are easy to drink and crisp, well-suited both to food and to drinking on their own.

Stout: Stouts (like Guinness) are creamy, just this side of bitter and rich. And they’re a good match for equally rich dishes — a fantastic complement to lamb stew as well as black pudding. Stout is also great with desserts; use it to make ice cream floats or incorporate it into a chocolate cake.

Lager: Pair Irish lager (a brand like Harp) with colcannon and other potato-forward dishes, such as boxty or champ; anything creamy and carby will work nicely here.

Ale: Red ales (something like Smithwicks; Killian’s is actually a stateside invention) are malty and mildly sweet — a good pair for corned beef or shepherd’s pie (or, frankly, a full Irish breakfast, but we won’t encourage that).

St. Patrick's Day Recipes with Beer in Mind:

Beef and Guinness Stew

Guinness Float

Stout Cake with Caramel Sauce

 

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