23 February 2021
St Patrick's Day Beer
No St Patrick’s Day is complete without either a pint of Irish stout or green beer
Ok, so another St Patrick's Day in lockdown. We know that's not how you would have chosen to celebrate but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy it! In any other given year there are big St Patrick's Day festivals showcasing the best of Irish culture, talent, food, and music. This year The London Irish Center have partnered with Mayor of London to create a virtual event , that will be live streamed on the night.
Or get inspiration from this list of virtual ideas for St Patrick's Day fun !
St Patrick's Day is celebrated 17th March.
St Patrick's Day pays homage to St Patrick, one of Ireland's beloved patron saints. He was responsible for ministering Christianity in Ireland during the fifth century. The St. Patrick's Day tradition began as a Roman Catholic feast day, honouring this patron saint, held on the day of his death. It was originally only celebrated in Ireland.
Although originally an Irish holiday, it was immigrants in the United States, who transformed St Patrick’s Day into a feasting day and holiday of revelry in 1700s. The first St Patrick’s Day parade was held in Boston in 1737. Since then, it has evolved into a celebration of Irish food, music, dancing, drinking and as much green as possible! Traditionally Christians held a huge feast to commemorate St Patrick, where Lenten restrictions on food and alcohol consumption were temporarily removed, which is why drinking has become so intrinsically linked to the celebration. In the past the Sacré-Couer, Empire State, Sydney’s Opera House and the London Eye have all gone green, illuminated by emerald lights.
Therefore, to celebrate St Patrick’s Day and Irish culture what you really need is a quintessentially Irish beer. Murphy’s is an internationally recognised Irish stout. It is dark in colour, silky smooth with toffee undertones, almost no bitterness, and a mouth-watering creamy finish.
No St Patrick’s Day is complete without either a pint of Irish stout or a pint of green beer. If you’ve ever had green beer (or even if you haven't) and are interested in trying it for yourself then you’re in luck. We have a very easy way! There is no magic, no alchemy, no swanky mixologist needed to make green beer, all it requires is a light-coloured beer and some green food colouring. Don’t worry, it won’t affect the taste, it will just make it emerald green. There is also a "Green Beer Day" that’s been celebrated in Ohio 50+ years, so you can use it again and your food colouring won’t go to waste.
If you're still looking for lagers to choose, read Lager and pilsner, for even more inspiration. You can of course opt for darker beers, but the results will not be as obvious, it’s a bit fun and silly though, so play around with any beer you like.
If you plan to load up your SUB for St Patrick's Day then choose Heineken, Hofbräu Kaltenhausen Gandolf IPA or Gosser Zwickl. All of these kegs have green packaging and the light-coloured beer will turn a vibrant shade of green if you add colouring!
It is thought that blue was the first colour associated with the Irish holiday, however it changed in the 17th century. Why green? Well, green is very linked to Irish identity, it features in the flag and Ireland is known as the “Emerald Isle,” on account of its lush green landscape. Green is also the colour of the shamrock!
If you would rather celebrate the patron saint with craft beers, then fill your fridge with one of our delicious beer cases. You can't go wrong with crowd-pleasers like Fourpure, Lagunitas, BrewDog and our Popular Beer Case.
St. Patrick’s Day is all about the beer and having fun, after all. What we are really celebrating is an opportunity to come together and enjoy some beers, so whatever you choose, make sure you have fun with it!