What to drink between now and St. Patrick’s Day

If I was feeling lazy I would just suggest that you stock your fridge with Guinness and your home bar with Irish Whiskey to be properly prepared for St. Patrick’s Day. But instead, I’ve put together a three-beer rotation for your weekend or next Wednesday.

Pick up a six-pack of McSorley’s Irish Pale Ale. The name is slightly misleading: This beer has a beautiful color when poured. In appearance and taste, it leans closer to an Irish Red than Pale Ale — it’s a bit sweet with undertones of earthy malt. 

McSorley’s Old Ale House is considered the oldest pub in Manhattan, having been founded in 1854. The beer is contract brewed in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, by Lion Brewery. The result is a bit like a movie based on a book — not as full of character as the original, but still enjoyable for different reasons. The Irish Pale Ale would go well with a white cheddar and Granny Smith apple sandwich or any meat to come off your grill. It made this list because, at 5.5 percent ABV, it’s very drinkable. It arrived on Wednesday at Hy-Vee Liquors (7711 State Line Road).  

Categories: Dining, Food & Drink