March 15, 2013

Haven't we ruined this holiday enough?

There's a movement a-foot to replace the standard Guinness pint on St. Patrick's Day with American Craft Milk Stouts and Oatmeal Stouts. There is no doubt that a good deal of alcohol is poured on that day. It makes sense that our local breweries are eager to hitch on to that green painted wagon.

It's probably fairly easy pickings for a number of us to wag our beer snob fingers at those that drink Guinness or even the green colored macro offerings like Bud and Miller. Resist that, please. It's not a teaching moment. Believe me.

Lest we think we know it all, here are a few things about the holiday that you may not have considered.

It's St. Patrick's Day. You may call it St. Paddy's, but never St. Patty's day.

Paddy is from the masculine Pádraig. Patty is from the feminine Patricia. If you've been doing it wrong for years, you may as well get a dubious Chinese tattoo.

The shamrock is not a four leaf clover. 
Taking the Lord to the Fourth Dimension.
The shamrock has three leaves which were used as a homily to teach the Holy Trinity by, you know, that guy the day is named after. Put that 4 banger on a shirt and now you look like the dubious Chinese Tattoo guy with a questionable Abercrombie and Fitch T.


The green beer thing? 

Invented by a New York coroner in 1914. It may as well be a Halloween drink. (It's Curtin's for you!)

I enjoy a Dry Irish Stout and Guinness is a notable BJCP example of that style. Are you going to quibble with me about Murphy's or Beamish? They didn't exist in the US in my formative drinking years, so slag off. You can enjoy your American Craft Milk Stouts and Oatmeal Stouts. I'm OK with that.

Just don't be surprised if someday you find yourself celebrating Zombiecrombie and Fitch Patricia Day drinking a black mint saison with a corned oxtail kimchi fried chimichanga.


  1. No green beer at Papago but you can enjoy a pint of Elsie's Irish Coffee milk stout!!!

  2. You have Guinness too and Abita Oyster Stout, Ron.

  3. True that but Guinness is a nice beer on nitro no matter if it is St. Patricks day or not and it makes great beer cocktails, and the Abita Oyster Stout isn't Irish but we are putting it on in homage to the Porterhouse in Dublin that we visited a couple of years ago that made a great Oyster Stout. Oyster Stout actually originated in New Zealand I believe.

  4. I remember flying into Ireland with the US Army in 2003 en route to Iraq for my first tour. We all disembarked the plane and were told we had a 2 beer maximum. Everyone was chattering about Guiness in Ireland. We flooded into the gate and down to the bar in order to grab our two (or more) pints only to find they only had Murphy Red and Stout on tap. I loved every sip of the Murphy's stout. Four years later I flew through the same terminal and wasn't allowed to drink at all. However, I glanced at the taps and then asked the bartender why they no longer featured Murphy's as predominantly in favor of the Guiness/Harp. He said the amount of Americans that now flew through the terminal had forced them to adapt to the request for Guiness. Truly a sad day as Murphy's is a much better dry Irish, IMO. I will never forget my limited time in Ireland and the wondrous beer I enjoyed. Keep it Irish on St. Paddy's and leave the food coloring to American wankers. Get a Murphy's or ten and call it a day.