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Tuesday, March 05, 2024

What is good Irish beer?

Guinness (Draught, Stout or Foreign Extra), Harp, or Swithwick’s (pronounced ‘smiddicks’). Granted, all of these beers are owned by the British conglomerate Diageo, but that’s just the cold hard fact of reality. At least they’re brewed in Ireland. Killian’s Irish Red, on the other hand, hasn’t been made in Ireland since 1956. It is owned and brewed by Coors.

What is a Black & Tan?

A Black & Tan is a 50/50 mixture of a light lager and a stout and is perfect for those who don’t care for dark beer. Do it the Irish way with Harp and Guinness.

How do I make green beer?

Put one drop of green food coloring in your glass. Insert beer. Consume.

What about Guinness?

The plastic thing in a Guinness can is a “widget.” When you pop the top of a Guinness Draught, the widget releases a shot of nitrogen, which makes for smaller bubbles and allows for a richer, creamier head. This replicates the way Guinness is traditionally poured on tap. Guinness in Ireland is certainly different from what you drink in the United States. But is it better? It’s hard to say. The alcohol content is lower, and the beer is less treated to prevent spoilage. Also, Guinness in Ireland would be served with a double pour and probably pressurized with nitrogen rather than carbon dioxide. A double pour takes two to five minutes and involves two separate kegs of beer.

How about some Irish whiskey?

You can’t go wrong with Bushmills or Jameson.

How do I make an Irish Car Bomb?

Fill a shot glass most of the way with Irish Cream, then top it off with a layer of whiskey. Put 12 ounces of Guinness in a pint glass. Bomb the shot into the glass and chug. Can’t drink it fast enough? Enjoy your curdled milk, sissy.

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