Of course, the number one choice of beer to enjoy on Saint Patrick’s Day is the national beverage of Ireland, Guinness Stout. As legend has it, Arthur Price, the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Cashel, bequeathed his godson, Arthur Guinness, £100 and the secret family recipe for stout ale. In 1759, Arthur used the money – and the formula – to start Guinness brewery at St. Jame’s Gate in Dublin, taking out a 9,000 year lease on the 4-acre parcel for an annual rent of £45.
They still pour Guinness in the small pub located in the basement of the Archbishop’s former home, and claim that there is no greater Guinness poured that at its birthplace in Cashel. However, if you can’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, here are a few other alternatives to consider that are a little closer to home.
Here is the Audio Version as heard on WTOP Radio: March 16, 2011 – Beers for St. Patrick’s Day
And here is the more extensive review from the Examiner Newspaper: DC Examiner March 17, 2011 – Beers for St. Patrick’s Day – The Vine Guy