Since only one quarter of me can trace itself back to the Emerald Isle, my Irish eyes usually just smile when a new U2 album gets released (which coincidentally was earlier this month) and on Saint Patrick’s Day.
Though no stranger to the making of great booze I can’t imagine that any Irishman would disagree that his homeland’s liquid lord is Guinness Stout: A tall, dark beauty that — thanks to the addition of roasted barley to the initial pre-mashed malt — offers a flavour that’s both dense and delicious.
More than two million pints will be poured in Canadian pubs next Tuesday — maybe more considering it’s the ale’s 250th anniversary.
At home you can still drink like you’re in Dublin thanks to Guinness’ innovative Pub Draught ($11.25 - $11.95). Each can in this 4-pack has a capsule inside filled with a blend of nitrogen and beer that gives the brew a thick, creamy head which pretty much equals the on-tap option.
If you’re looking to celebrate with something a little bit stiffer try a glass of Jameson Irish Whiskey ($29.95 - $29.99): A smooth, triple-distilled grain spirit that’s great on the rocks or mixed with ginger ale, cola or apple juice. Sláinte Mhaith.
(Prices reflect the range across the country. Some products may not be available in all provinces.)
– Peter Rockwell is the everyman’s wine writer, working in the liquor industry for more than 25 years and travelling the globe looking for something to fill his glass and put into words.
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