When it comes to actual St. Patrick’s Day traditions, Aaron Ridgeway is going to have to stop you at the color green.
“There’s a bit of debate about it now,” says Ridgeway, who works at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. “The color green is said to not be the original color of St. Patrick — it’s actually blue.”
Chalk it up to Irish immigrants and their green homeland for it becoming associated with the country’s patron saint. But whatever color you’re wearing, the day is as much about tipping our hats to Ireland's contributions in culture and literature as the music, food and people we come together with for the occasion.
“In Ireland, we call it ‘having the craic’ — that is, the communal aspect of enjoying an experience together,” Ridgeway says. “Wherever you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, it’s about enjoying it together in whatever way you can.”
At the Storehouse, he leads the Connoisseur Experience, a tasting of four variants of Guinness in a private bar. And even the people at Guinness know you can’t live on beer alone — the Storehouse also has four restaurants. Ridgeway gave us some tasting notes and pairing ideas for some of the most common versions of Ireland’s most famous export: