Green beer is…green. Imports are good. But you can’t beat a locally made Irish-style craft beer. We at The Growler have picked out a few of our favorite Irish brews, made right here in Minnesota. Have a wonderful and safe St. Patrick’s Day!
FINNEGANS: Irish Amber // ABV 4.75%
The Irish Amber is FINNEGANS flagship brew. It is a full-flavored, medium-bodied ale with a cream, malty finish. Not only will you feel good after drinking a couple of these beers, you’ll also be doing good because 100% of the proceeds go towards FINNEGANS Community Fund, a 501(c)(3) charity that “turns beer into food.”
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Lift Bridge Brewing Co: Irish Coffee Stout // ABV 8.5%
St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect occasion to try Lift Bridge’s Irish Coffee Stout made with a combination of whiskey, coffee and cream. Their Russian Imperial Stout is aged in whiskey barrels and blended with a big Milk Stout, before it’s finished off with local free trade organic roasted coffee.
Carmody Irish Pub: Famine Potato 47 Stout // ABV 6%
If you’re in Duluth for St. Patrick’s Day, celebrate it at Carmody Irish Pub. They honor their Irish heritage with a rich Famine 47 Stout. Famine 47 is a dry Irish stout with flavors of roasted malt and chocolate, and brewed with 5% potatoes to commemorate the great potato famine of 1847. Sláinte!
Hayes’ Public House: O’Ruaidhri Irish Ale // ABV 5.5%
Hayes’ Public House has a reddish brown ale with a roasty and malty finish. Think it can’t get any more Irish than that? Well it does, the name O’Ruaidhri is the traditional Irish Gaelic spelling of name”O’Rory,” which we know today as “Rogers”, the last name of Hayes’ Public House business owner, Kevin Rogers.
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Vine Park Brewing Co: Brew Your Own Irish Stout // ABV —
Go to Vine Park Brewing Company in St. Paul to brew your own Irish Stout this St. Patrick’s Day. Vine Park offers a fun an educational environment where you brew on site. This Irish Stout recipe creates an almost black stout with chocolate overtones and a hint of coffee. Brew the beer at Vine Park and take home the finished product for $185.
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