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Authentic Irish Drinks for St. Patrick’s Day

I love St. Patrick’s Day. Little leprechauns, corned beef and cabbage and yummy Irish beers. This year, I got to get into the spirit a little earlier than usual thanks to a St. Patrick’s Day crafts for kids story I wrote for SheKnows. Although I am really not crafty, I had a ton of fun preparing, creating, photographing and writing that piece.

Tomorrow, I will deck the kids out in their (so cool) homemade shirts for St. Patrick’s Day and cook up a good ol’ New England boiled dinner. Corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potatoes … mmm. Can’t wait.

I am no expert when it comes to making corned beef. I simply buy the package in the meat section, use the seasonings and follow the directions. Easy peasy. Since it’s really not a good-for-you meal, I only make it once a year and I do it the way I have had for my entire life. It’s got that comfort appeal made that way, since it’s familiar and certain.

All I need to complete the meal is some good Irish beer.

Me? I am a big fan of Harp. Made by the same company that crafts Guinness (which I also love), it’s a smooth beer that goes down easy. That’s probably what I will get for tomorrow.

But if you really want to pay homage, choose something authentic such as one of these options:

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Sarah Caron

Thursday 26th of March 2009

Andy, that's what I thought when I was told about it. However, after a little research, I discovered that it is indeed an Irish beer brewed in Ireland. Whether it's to your taste is a whole other subject though ;)

http://www.carlowbrewing.com/beermid.htm#O%27haras%20Celtic%20Stout

http://blogs.forbes.com/digitaldownload/2008/03/beer-monday-oha.html

Andy

Thursday 26th of March 2009

As an Irishman I can tell you that O'Hara's is not an Irish beer. Must be brewed for the American pallet.

Kara

Tuesday 17th of March 2009

When I was in Ireland, it's was Smithwicks over Harp just about any time. (Which, btw, if you want to sound like you know what you're talking about, is pronounced smith-icks. Sorta.)

maris

Tuesday 17th of March 2009

I've already had my fill of Irish Soda bread - I'm supposed to have drinks with a friend tomorrow after work but we said we'd do something low key - I'll make sure we avoid the Irish pubs :) hehe.

Cate O'Malley

Tuesday 17th of March 2009

I've got my corned beef ready to go, and Colcannon and brown bread also hitting the table, but still debating on what to make for dessert. Decisions, decisions.