Everybody's Irish on St. Patty's Day

 

Top of the Morning Lads…

 
Kiss Me I'm IrishCelebrating St. Patrick’s Day is not just for the Irish and leprechauns- but for everyone who wants an excuse to attend the parade, drink beer and be merry.

This special weekend is when a ton of men and woman get intimate with their beer and will see an abundance of green, ‘kiss me I’m Irish’ tees, Guinness hats, shamrocks and river dancing floats. Oh, I almost forgot- Green Beer.

Everyone has their own preference when it comes to this St. Patty’s day tradition. Me? I’m not too fond of the Green Beer concept, particularly of how it exits the body but it’s not to say I wouldn’t try it again.

To me nothing says St. Patty’s Day like a pint or two of Guinness (read that over again in your best Irish accent). Maybe you’ll even get lucky and the bartender will draw a shamrock or heart in the foam.

GuinnessSurprisingly a lot out there are not Guinness drinkers. I believe as with most alcoholic beverages, you acquire a taste for the Irish beauty over time.

Here are two ways to drink a Guinness for those who love it and for those getting to know its thick “milkshake” like goodness:
 

  1. Go to the source. I encourage everyone to get off their butts and go to Ireland one day. I have never tasted a Guinness as good as I did while visiting the Temple Bar in Dublin city center. There is an art to the perfect pour and they know how to do it. With Guinness, the fresher the better- so be sure to ask the friendly barkeep when the last time the keg was changed which shouldn’t be a problem over the next couple of days.
  2. If you are still on the fence about the heavier brew then I recommend you try what’s called a Black and Tan. There are many different variations of the concoction but it is simply a half Guinness and a half pale ale. I’m partial to Guinness and Harp. Here’s a great clip on how to pour your own Black and Tan.

 

Food for thought:

Black and tan is not only the name given to this delicious drink but also the name of one of Nike’s shoe lines (Black and Tan) and made headlines this week when they decided to change the name. They did so for two reasons: One- for the drink and, Two- because the name also applies to the Black and Tans; a British paramilitary force that smothered an Irish uprising in the 1920s.

 
 
Green BeerOne word of advice going into the weekend is drink a glass of water between each pint of beer (especially if it’s green beer). You will make a few more trips to the pisser but guaranteed have just as good a time if not better and be thanking me in the morning.

Everybody is Irish come St. Patty’s day. What’s your favorite way to spend it?

Slainte and ‘Erin go bragh’,

Jon

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