St. Patrick's Day (beer) rituals?

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  1. chcfan

    chcfan Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2008 California

    I used to make a point to go out and party it up with green AALs and Guinness, but like Murtaugh said "I'm getting too old for this shit" so I now avoid bars like the plague. Can't be go hard and be useful at work anymore and I can no longer stand bars filled with drunk assholes. Really just another day anymore to this mutt. I'm just happy it's not during the tournament this year, so I don't need to remember to avoid sports bars that day.
  2. marquis

    marquis Pooh-Bah (2,239) Nov 20, 2005 England

    There's been no English Army since1707 (or maybe 1601). The B&Ts were around over 40 years later than the Zulu Wars so there wouldn't have been much connection.
    This was once true when the ancient Guinness ritual was carried out.There was a cask of fresh beer and a cask of aged which was carefully poured and blended.The present day stuff in the metal cans is the same anywhere it's sent to.
  3. Tut

    Tut Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2004 New York

    Should have said metal kegs. Many will think we're talking about the widget cans.:slight_smile:
  4. Beerswag

    Beerswag Initiate (0) Jan 16, 2013 California

    Get a beer that has a green label( ie. pliny, kilt lifter, sofie..), just not a green colored beer.! And I dont care if its irish either..then a irish-car bomb to cap it off.
  5. rgordon

    rgordon Pooh-Bah (2,605) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    This year I have vowed to drink a few Snake Dog IPAs in honor of the poor snake-handling Kentucky preacher that sadly recently died from a snake bite. From what I gather, no part of Ireland has these devil serpents, so both Protestants and Catholics are safe from this venom. Unless they are imported! I always drink at least a couple Guiness drafts. Cheers.
  6. BastardKing24

    BastardKing24 Initiate (0) Mar 22, 2010 Oregon

    I like to get 3-4 bombers of Moylans dragoon irish dry stout. Drink at a friends or my house. I am 1/8th Irish and could care less about a drink being called a car bomb, it's not serious in any way.
  7. MattyEdgeworth

    MattyEdgeworth Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2014 Northern Ireland

    Are there many US breweries that do Irish stouts? Out of curiosity. I've seen one or two mentioned in this thread but most people seem to to stick to the Guinness etc. Which is fine, I like Guinness and think it's a solid beer.

    Yous should try some Irish craft beers though! I guess that could be tricky enough to find. So another question, what Irish craft beers would yous see in your areas (If any)?
  8. Celtics76

    Celtics76 Pooh-Bah (1,707) Sep 5, 2011 Rhode Island

    We all have different tastes. Don't mind being in a "small minority" here. Too many people here follow the "large majority" anyway.
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  9. SAEmick

    SAEmick Initiate (0) Jan 16, 2010 Illinois

    To echo what @TastyDelicousness said, regardless of weather, we wake up early and spend the day outside enjoying all things Irish; just like we would be doing had we gone to the Parade.

    Last year we tried a "Black & Tan" type of mixing with others that you wouldn't typically think of: Stouts will always be the base (Irish, Chocolate, coffee, etc..) some of the concoctions we came up with were: Chocolate Stout & Wells Banana bread beer, Chocolate stout & raspberry framboise, Breakfast Stout & different IPA's, Guinness & different ciders (believe that's called a snake bite) etc...

    All in all, I love St. Paddy's Day and look forward to it every year!

  10. Fluke828

    Fluke828 Initiate (0) Feb 2, 2011 Massachusetts

    To each their own. We all have our own tastes and preferences. My endeavors contradict this apparently age-old "myth" that you have grown weary of hearing every year it would seem but YMMV... sorry to wax nostalgia for such a sore subject for you personally.

    Enjoy your Brooklyn's on the 17th. Carry on sailor.
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  11. marquis

    marquis Pooh-Bah (2,239) Nov 20, 2005 England

    I did of course mean kegs.
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  12. MattyEdgeworth

    MattyEdgeworth Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2014 Northern Ireland

    Or better yet, drink an irish craft beer! Or better yet, a Northern Irish one! Doubt you'd find any of those though haha :slight_smile:
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  13. Tut

    Tut Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2004 New York

    This isn't about liking Guinness or preferring it to another stout. It's about the myth that it's better in Ireland. That silliness periodically gets repeated here, generally by newer members. It's been discussed, debunked, and laughed at for years, but there's always someone new that posts it again as if it's common knowledge.

    The Guinness draught in Boston and New York is brewed at St. James Gate brewery in Dublin, and is exactly the same as the Guinness in Ireland. One of the long standing jokes here when somebody repeats the myth is to respond that it's even better within a few miles of the brewery. :rolling_eyes::astonished:
    #133 Tut, Feb 24, 2014
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  14. ZagZagg

    ZagZagg Initiate (0) May 13, 2008 New Jersey

    I'll probably put on a green shirt and drink some Murphy's
  15. HumphreyLee

    HumphreyLee Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I usually go to work and have a beer when I come back from it. Because even when I was younger and able to go out more I had no interest in dealing with other people on National Amateur Hour day. Now that I'm over 30, well...
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  16. Fluke828

    Fluke828 Initiate (0) Feb 2, 2011 Massachusetts

    I must be "new" as I haven't been on here for 9+ years...:slight_frown:
    I could care less about your myth busting. My tastes are my tastes, however silly they may seem to you. Laugh all you want. With time, may be I will have gained the respect of my elders and be in on all of the long standing jokes with you old timers... :stuck_out_tongue:
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  17. Tut

    Tut Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2004 New York

    Fine, then please explain objectively how it could possibly taste better/different in Ireland. It's the same beer and Guinness is obsessive with their quality control after their kegs leave the brewery, including storage and shipping. Their stated mission is to ensure that their stout never varies and they spend a huge amount of money to that end.

    Rational facts mean little to those who want to believe a myth.
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  18. patto1ro

    patto1ro Pooh-Bah (1,936) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    I always drink a St. Bernardus Abt.
  19. rozzom

    rozzom Pooh-Bah (2,534) Jan 22, 2011 New York
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    Kiev, 2001. A keg slipped through the net, or otherwise that dodgy restaurant was watering that s**t down - I could see through the glass!
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  20. Fluke828

    Fluke828 Initiate (0) Feb 2, 2011 Massachusetts

    There is nothing to explain. Taste is subjective. I don't know what else there is to grasp here. I added my .02 to this thread and that somehow was interpreted as being incorrect. You are hellbent on scolding me for my penchant enjoying a certain beer in a particular location because it perpetuates your precious myth. No idea why you have decided to turn this thread into a personal vendetta. If you don't agree with my view, that's all you had to say. Or maybe this is your way of doing so...

    The passive aggressive means by which you accuse me of being stupid, irrational and just generally incorrect...regarding my own personal preferences, are not becoming of the "old" guard.

    "De gustibus non est disputandum"
  21. RyFikes

    RyFikes Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 New York

    Founder's Breakfast Stout. . . for breakfast.
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  22. Tut

    Tut Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2004 New York

    Watering it down is the most likely. Anything goes in Russia. :wink:
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  23. Tut

    Tut Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2004 New York

    It's not about your personal preferences or enjoyment of Guinness. It's only about your claim that "it's absolutely better in the Emerald Isle" which is a claim of fact that is open to dispute. That's all, nothing more.

    If you had said something like "I enjoyed the Guinness I had in Ireland more than any I've had elsewhere", I wouldn't have said a word.
    #143 Tut, Feb 25, 2014
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  24. Leebo

    Leebo Initiate (0) Feb 7, 2013 Massachusetts

    Wake up, find my shoes. Oh wait, I'm in jail again. Call my brother for bail. Find my shirt. JK, usually enjoy some Irish whisky as well as beer.
  25. baconman91

    baconman91 Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2009 Ohio

    Lol.. & I get there's a bunch of Guinness. Was talking about the straight up Draft, most folks only know about.
    Talk about petty, you must be pretty bored. It was basicly a loose estimate, a lot of light beers are 4.5 & under. Usually anything 4.5 & under is considered a Light beer. In case you Still didn't get it.
    Lets Throw Down! How 'bout sum FistiCuffs? Hahaa..yeah, lets fight about Light beer technicalities. Don't drink 'em, Don't really can have mine. :wink:

    -personally, (I) consider anything under 6% a light beer.
  26. baconman91

    baconman91 Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2009 Ohio

    Didn't say there weren't.
    Stone Levitation's a Fav of mine..of 1 of those beers.
    Think your Barkin' up the Wrong tree, Chief...Someone asked a question about Guinness.
  27. baconman91

    baconman91 Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2009 Ohio

    Thx for the lesson, 'cuz I didn't know this Already. The certain folk commenting (on that part of the post)
    Are missing the Point...someone asked me MY opinion on Guinness, and its Not wrong. :wink:
    You have yours, I have mine.
  28. baconman91

    baconman91 Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2009 Ohio

    I feel its also the best offering they make.. Not because of the higher ABV either. Everyone seems to be jumping all over me about my Previous "draft" meant comments & low ABV.
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  29. Providence

    Providence Pooh-Bah (2,366) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island
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    Your response of "Its only 4.3% for starters" to the question "What's wrong with Guinness?" made me think that you had something against Low ABV brews.
  30. Mineo

    Mineo Initiate (0) Jul 7, 2010 New York

    this is the way to do it.
  31. rxeight

    rxeight Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2012 Illinois

    Get shut out on darklord tickets. Start drinking.
  32. ipamonster

    ipamonster Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2013 Rhode Island

    I'll be eating corned beef that my beautiful ginzo wife cooks.
  33. mnrider

    mnrider Savant (1,111) May 26, 2009 Connecticut

    I celebrate that "Holiday" by having Guinness Foreign Extra Stout and Murphy's Irish Stout.
    #153 mnrider, Feb 28, 2014
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  34. Ernest_Hooper

    Ernest_Hooper Initiate (0) Apr 23, 2012 Michigan

    Perhaps it just tastes better when drank in a 200 year old pub that sits minutes from the brewing establishment while surrounded by the sights and culture of it's country of origin.

    Also, the Irish go through so much of it that you'd have to make a sincere effort to find a pint that wasn't brewed several moments before pouring...hyperbole for the humorless. In Ireland, pouring and drinking a pint of Guinness is nearly a sacred ritual. Say all you wish about that not affecting the flavor, but in my opinion the drinking experience is always a contributing factor to how we taste beer.

    *Source material derived from many too many pints of Guinness poured on the emerald ilse.

    Side note to the 'car bomb' discussion: Girlfriend's ignorant acquaintance ordered one of those in a Dublin pub and received a severe beating from the other patrons. Personally, I've always known them to be a shot of Baileys dropped into a pint of Guinness and slammed with abandon. And if getting irresponsibly drunk in a short frame of time doesn't bother you, they actually taste pretty good.

    Personal plans for St. Patrick's Day? Probably going to work and doing nothing out of the ordinary sounds the most enjoyable. This would have been heresy in college but I'm several years removed from that. Plus, I live on a busy and bar crowed street so even if I end up writing papers in my apartment, I will still have a great view of the green colored mob making regrettable decisions.

    But hell, I might end up buying a pint of Guinness in the end, even if it is poured from a widget can at a safe distance.
    #154 Ernest_Hooper, Mar 2, 2014
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  35. imhoudinibitch

    imhoudinibitch Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2014 New Jersey

  36. Nesued

    Nesued Savant (1,123) Jul 6, 2003 South Carolina
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    Scoring Dark Lord Day tickets.. :slight_smile:
  37. sunnrider

    sunnrider Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2013 Spain

    Drink, Feck, Wimmin.......ah go on, go on, go on.

    ....just a quick bit of advice, don´t say St. Pattys day, ....ever.
    Paddys day or Patricks day are both fine, anything else makes Irish puppies die and Irish mothers cry.
    #157 sunnrider, Mar 2, 2014
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  38. Tut

    Tut Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2004 New York

    The "ritual" of pouring a Guinness is only necessary because of the nitro dispense. The technique is needed for any nitro stout and isn't something "sacred" or special that's unique to Guinness. It has absolutely no effect on the taste of Guinness or any other beer. I've spent six weeks in Ireland and enjoyed many of the old traditional pubs. I drank Guinness when there was nothing better available and it was the same bland, mediocre stout that is served here, in Canada, and in Britain.

    Guinness is the most over hyped beer in the world. Despite many people's romanticised notions, the claim that Guinness is better in Ireland is nothing but a silly myth.
    #158 Tut, Mar 2, 2014
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  39. markgugs

    markgugs Initiate (0) Dec 20, 2006 New Jersey

    none, because it's a full day of amateur hour and I can't stand it
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  40. Jay_Ulreich

    Jay_Ulreich Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2014 Indiana

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