Beer and Irish Food Pairings for St. Patrick’s Day

Beer and St. Patrick’s Day go together like bacon and eggs, like peanut butter and jelly – like corned beef and cabbage! The question is what beer goes best with the Irish food you plan to serve on the holiday? Use these pairing ideas to create the perfect suds-fueled celebration.

Corned Beef and Cabbage

It just isn’t St. Patrick’s Day without a plate full of corned beef and cabbage. If you haven’t tried it before, make this the year! A traditional or dry Irish stout is the obvious beer pairing for this meal, but it’s not your only option. If you’re not a fan of stouts, try a Scottish ale or Irish red ale instead. These pairings are a great way to highlight the salty beef and sweet carrots in this meal.

Irish Soda Bread

This traditional dish is tasty on its own or as a side dish. Tea is the traditional drink used to wash down the dense, somewhat dry texture of Irish soda bread, but if you want something sudsy, an Irish lager should suit your fancy. The graham cracker-like flavor of this single malt beer matches the crust of the bread perfectly.

Irish Beef Stew

The dark brown gravy, chunks of steak, and hearty pieces of carrot and potato make this the leader of Irish comfort food. Lightweight beers with a hint of roasted malt and sweet caramel pair best with this dish. To emphasize the vegetables, try English mild or Scottish ale. To bring out the flavor of the meat, go with dry Irish stout.

Irish Lamb Stew

Similar to beef stew, this Irish classic incorporates boneless lamb shoulder and even bacon in some recipes. Irish red ales and English browns are the ideal options for bringing out the flavor of both the meat and the vegetables in this dish. Stouts are also a safe bet.

Colcannon Potatoes

This creamy, carb-forward dish pairs best with Irish lager. The bitterness and hoppy flavors are modest in this drink, allowing you to clear your palate between bites without cluttering up the pairing.

Shepherd’s Pie

Made with potatoes, vegetables, and ground beef, lamb or turkey, shepherd’s pie is another traditional comfort food that should adorn your dinner table this St. Patrick’s Day. Malty and mildly sweet red ales make for the ideal pairing. They have a caramel flavor up front and a subtle roast on the way out that’s just right for washing down a bite of potatoes and ground meat.

Whether corned beef, steak, turkey or lamb is on the menu this St. Patrick’s Day, R&R Quality Meats & Seafood has you covered. We stock a wide array of flavorful cuts with no hormones or antibiotics ever. Feel free to call us at (530) 241-7770 or visit our location in Redding, CA to learn more about our products or pick up the perfect meat for your Irish feast.

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