The Feast of St. Patrick has been observed by the Catholic Church since the early seventeenth century. This official Feast Day was originally designated to commemorate St. Patrick and the arrival of Christianity to Ireland, though this day has taken on more of a secular meaning in the last century. Now celebrated with a plethora of festivals, parades, and green clothing, St. Patrick’s Day in America has become a day of partyin’ it up* as well as a changing of seasons.
*Catholic faith and Irish roots not required
Arkansas Beer Blog would like to suggest that you skip the green beer this year and reach for something more pleasing and palatable. It is well within our power (we Googled it) to appoint an Official Beer of St. Patrick’s Day 2013, and we will do so now. Ladies and Gentlemen, we introduce to you:
Green Flash Double Stout
[queue fireworks, applause, and tiny Leprechaun doing the Harlem Shake dancing a jig]
We chose this beer for a variety of reasons. Green Flash Double Stout is double-dark, double-creamy, double-satisfying, double-balanced, and double-damn-good. Let’s kick this party off:
Green Flash Double Stout pours black with three fingers of mocha foam that creates a beautiful, enduring lace. Once this beer opens up, we are met with the inviting smell of chocolate cake, roasted grains, and smoky coffee. This is one of the most well-balanced Stouts we’ve had in some time. The taste mirrors the aroma with a surplus of silky chocolate, roasted malts, and caramel that sits well on the tongue. These flavors subtly transition to tastes of bitter coffee, smoke, and dark chocolate. The smooth and creamy mouthfeel adds to the gratification of this wonderful beer.
A lot more can be said about this beer, but for the sake of brevity, trust us on this one. Swing by your local store and pick up a 4-pack of Green Flash Double Stout this week. Crack one open and thank St. Patrick and Green Flash for their good works.
We gave this beer 4 diamonds:
You can find this beer at the following honorary Irish-for-St.-Patty’s-Day locations:
Colonial Wine and Spirits – Little Rock
Dickson Street Liquor – Fayetteville
Lake Liquor – Maumelle
Hillcrest Liquor and Fine Wines – Little Rock
The Bottle – Fayetteville
Flying Saucer – Little Rock
Liquor World – Fayetteville
Springhill Wine and Spirits – North Little Rock
Old Chicago – North Little Rock
Friendly Liquor – Fayetteville
Big Orange – Little Rock
Tanglewood Branch – Fayetteville
Vino’s – Little Rock