On St. Patrick’s day a little over a hundred years ago, the first recorded green beer was served in a midtown clubhouse in New York City. While the tradition of drinking green beer on St. Patrick’s day may not have originated in Ireland, its inventors surely were Irishmen looking to celebrate their heritage and honor their motherland. Whether you’re Irish or not you can still celebrate St. Patrick’s day by putting a drop of blue food coloring in your beer and drinking to your heart's content. Here at King Keg we want to help you celebrate like the Irish do (the Irish in America, that is), so we have put together a list of the perfect brews for the best green beer!
While you can add blue food coloring to whatever beer you want, picking the right beer can help you perfectly emulate that Irish ale style. The Ballast Point Even Keel is a session IPA, meaning that it is a little lighter than your typical IPA and will ring similar notes to a typical Irish ale.
Another ale to stick with Irish tradition, this Allagash is one of our favorites for St. Patrick’s day green beer. If you’re looking for something a little stronger to liven up your green-themed party, this Tripel Ale will do the trick with it’s 9.0% ABV.
If you are thinking of serving a darker beer for your St. Patty’s day celebration, this stout by Bells Brewery is one of the tastiest dark beers on the market. Perfect for a desert beer or for a brisk spring day, the Bell’s Expedition Stout is sure to satisfy.
What list of Irish beers would be complete without paying homage to the most classic Irish draught? Transport yourself or your party to the dimly lit halls of an old-time Irish pub with this perfectly balanced dark beer. Whether you are chanting drinking songs or dancing like a leprechaun, Guinness is the perfect green beer for your St. Patrick’s day party.
Hosting a real cèilidh (that’s Celtic for party) on St. Patrick’s day? King Keg delivers cases and kegs directly to your door, so you don’t have to worry about hauling beer across town when you should be celebrating. Contact King Keg today to learn more or to place your order!