If you happen to be in the supermarket this week, pick up a copy of Womans’ World Magazine. Or, just thumb through the pages until the manager reminds you that “This isn’t a library! Either buy it or get your grubby fingers off of the merchandise!”
Anyway, I though it was cool that they reached out to the ‘experts’ here at The Brew Club for information about what beers would be good for a little St. Patrick’s Day beer tasting party. The idea was to sample some different beers, talk about them, and hopefully learn that there is more to beer than Bud and Coors. And there is!
My concern in my advice was based on some assumptions. I’m assuming Women were going to be reading this article, and I’m assuming minimal beer-drinking exploration. I’m also trying to keep in mind a little variety, easy beer to obtain, and something that keeps with an Irish beer theme. Makes sense right? Well, what three beers would you recommend for a St. Patrick’s Day beer tasting party?
I started off with Guinness. I think its a beer that could be argued is the Irish version of Bud, (mass-produced, commercialized, not Irish owned) but I think most people in the USA accept it as the Irish beer. It can be found anyplace, an it really isn’t that challenging of a beer. No, it isn’t thick as mud, no it isn’t 20% alcohol, and in fact, a pint of Guinness will only set you back about 130 calories! Not bad ladies!
My second suggestion was the Sam Adams Irish Red. Why? Again, Irish red seems to be the Irish beer style, so I went with something familiar. What I didn’t do was recommend something like Murphy’s Irish Red, or Smithwicks because I think the Sam Adams interpretation is just better. Different beer, different flavor profile (than Guinness) I thought it would be a nice switch.
My third choice was O’ Hara’s Irish Stout. “Isn’t that just like Guinness? What the hell is wrong with you?” I can hear you asking. Well, to answer your first question, no, not really, and the second question I wish I knew myself.
O’Hara’s Irish Stout is a real-deal Irish beer. Its what we Americans would consider to be a craft beer, and sampled back-to-back with the Guinness, I think people will see the very big differences in taste and texture, even though they are both ‘Irish Stouts’.
Other than that, I suggested drinking the beers in actual glasses and not chugging them from the bottles as the ladies tend to do, 😉 perhaps letting the beer warm up a bit for better flavor, and most of all, have some fun with it! Possibly, a pillow fight will break out, or maybe a tickle fight too if we’re lucky. 🙂
What 3 beers would you recommend for women having a St. Patrick’s day beer tasting party, with an eye toward simplicity, availability and variety?