Saint Patrick's Day has always been a great beer holiday, but there's no need to choke down any green liquid this year! Any number of these craft beer styles would be a perfect addition to your Irish dinner. Here are a few Irish-inspired meals and some beer pairings to enjoy them with!
1. Corned Beef and Cabbage
This hearty meal is not complete with out an American Golden Ale or Irish Dry Stout! There's nothing more Irish than this staple dish and both of these beer styles can stand on their own, even when you pass around the horseradish sauce. See a few of our top choices of pairings for this dish below.
2. Shepherd's Pie:
There's a wide variety of iterations for this recipe, but the classic beef or lamb with mashed potatoes and gravy is a warm and welcome dish! Both a Brown Ale and a California Common/Steam Beer would pair wonderfully with the bolder flavors of the ground meat and add plenty of depth to the overall taste experience.
3. Bangers and Mash:
Now, don't be off put by the name...this classic plate consists of sausages and mashed potatoes and maybe even a side of peas or green beans. The subtle backbone of an English Stout or a Red Ale would be an ideal match for any type of sausage chosen. Check out more on the suggested craft beer styles below for a wonderful addition to your dinner.
4. Fish and Chips
Ah...Fish and Chips! While this is known more as an English dish, it is also a popular choice in the surrounding areas like Ireland! This one should have a lighter, crisp and refreshing beer to pair with it. The lighter flavors of the fish and fries should not be overwhelmed by a big, bold style. Here are some pairings that would highlight both the meal and the beer in all the right ways.
5. Irish Stew
Unlike the Fish and Chips, this one is purely Irish! This is a big, robust stew that delivers on both appearance and substance. So, you should pick a craft beer that is up to the challenge! A Belgian Dark Ale, Porter, or Smoked Beer are perfect candidates when sitting down to eat. Pouring it into a glass may allow for the flavors and aromas to be at their best while enjoying this stew.
You can find so many of these styles in our monthly craft beer deliveries! It's the perfect way to try a wide variety of beers from home, some may just surprise you! Enjoy!