Grateful Web's Beer Column, where we consider beer, one beer at a time, one sip at a beer, one - -aw you get it.
We begin this arduous task with St. Patrick's Day, and the great Irish Beer, Smithwick's.
Rob Pray on Smithwick's:
This fine Irish beer is made by Guinness at the St. Francis Abbey in Kilkenny, Ireland. The Abby, one of the oldest in Ireland, has been producing beer since 1710. The beer itself strikes a great balance of flavors. The hops and malt are not too prominent and the beer itself is not as filling as traditional Irish brews. This copper colored beer has a slight coffee taste with a sweet finish. I highly recommend it for your St. Paddy's day celebrations or anytime. It has only recently been available in the US and is much more refreshing than green dye in an American beer!
Our family loves Kerrygold's Dubliner Irish Cheese. You can find a block of it at Costco for around $5/lb, and just feed the kids that and bread for a month, and let them wash it down with Smithwick's. They will grow strong and hard headed. I am reminded of the finish of Dubliner as I throw back a first gulp of Smithwick's. For beer, Irish do a touch of sweetness best. Not like FAT TIRE, which is nice once a quarter, but its almost syrupy sweetness will choke you in excess. Smithwick's, like Dubliner cheese, does a hint of sweet best, for it appears without any syrupy tightness too much sugar can make. The only domestic beer that manages sweetness I like is Dixie, which I believe uses molasses in the brew.
Smithwick's has a wonderful back of the throat flavorful head, I drank from the bottle and don't have the glass report, but I poured out a bit to see the color, its remarkably darker then its taste impairs. I thought maybe amber, but Smithwick's is dark in color. A very easy drinking beer, the easiest of the dark Irish brews to enjoy. Please keep it far away from me.
Photo Credit: The Mucky Duck Pub, 479 Alvarado Street Old Monterey, California
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