Beginner’s Guide to Irish Beer

The Irish are known for their liquor for two reasons: their whiskey and their beer. While there is undoubtedly a wide array of sophisticated and rich flavors of the known Irish whiskey, the same can be said for its more popular brother, the Irish beer. There is nothing like the bonds forged while drinking pints and bottles of this Irish drink. At the same time, the taste of a well-crafted brewed Irish beer can make a man sitting on a barstool celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at any time of the year.

If you are thinking of expanding your knowledge of Irish beer beyond the classic Guinness, here’s a quick read on how to tell which Irish beer is which.

Irish Dry Stout

The Irish dry stout was born in 1759 under the leadership of Arthur Guinness, the very man behind the iconic Irish beer brand. This is a stronger and more roasted version compared to other stout beers. It typically has a jet black to dark brown color with a thick and creamy texture. For centuries it continues to be one of the most popular beers in the world because of its distinct rich, roasted, and bitter flavor. It is also incredibly versatile when it comes to food pairings. Irish dry stout amplifies the sweetness of shellfish and pork (ham, sausage, and bacon). Nothing can go wrong if you also pair this stout with burger or steak.


Originally from Germany, lagers infused with the Irish touch are often light, crisp, and pale. They are nothing but refreshing and still a bit hoppy. There are also local brewers in the US that serve malted lager, but the most popular ones are still the light ones. What type of food goes well with lager? Something spicy and sweet like buffalo chicken wings would do the trick.

Brown Ale

Technically not considered an Irish beer, brown ale is still popularly served in a lot of Irish bars in the United States. It is generally regarded as the most affordable choice of beer, but its flavors have evolved since it was first introduced in the 17th century. The British version of brown ale is darker and with wisps of chocolate and caramel in its taste, while its American brother is mostly nutty and bitter.

Red Ale

Red ale is not as popular as other types of beer, but its original flavor still pays homage to the classic Irish beer flavor. Its aroma has a hint of roasted barley, while its taste is a dance of caramel and toffee swirling on your tongue. Chicken, seafood, or even pizza would make great food pairings with this Irish beer. Others would even go crazy and mix it with spicy food such as Indian or South American dishes.

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