Monday, March 16, 2009

Talking Head: St. Patrick's Day done right

Posted By on Mon, Mar 16, 2009 at 8:27 PM

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Green beer is for tourists and frat boys. Please show some respect; after all this is a religious holiday. Here's a list of places to enjoy some authentic Irish spirit this St. Patrick's Day, along with beer brewed with the same love that the Irish pour into every thing they do.

In Decatur you can bar hop between festivities at several local watering holes. The Grange Public House, which took over the location of The Angel on West Ponce, is run by the Irish ex-pat Comer family and has a homey, authentic vibe. The beer selection is above average and the menu has plenty of Irish favorites. On Tuesday they will have live music starting at 3 p.m., as well as Irish dancers at 8 p.m. The Guinness girls will be on hand starting at 8:30 with Guinness giveways. The Brick Store Pub will have the usual properly poured pints of Guinness Stout, live Irish music, and traditional Irish dishes like corned beef and cabbage, lamb stew and shepherd's pie. Festivities begin at 1 p.m. Finally, mosey down the street to Twain's where brewer Jordan Fleetwood will be serving a cask of cream stout aged on Jameson-soaked oak chips. The folks at Twain's know their corned beef (it's the home of the Atlanta chapter of the New York Corned Beef Society after all), so if you haven't had your fill, Twain's will also be serving corned beef and cabbage.

Max Lager's downtown has brewed up an Imperial Mocha Oatmeal Stout for St. Paddy's. It's billed as "an intensely flavorful brew with strong notes of licorice, espresso, bittersweet chocolate, and subtle hint of fruit." With a powerful level of bittering hops (80 IBU) and a hefty ABV of 10.5%, it is certainly nothing to trifle with.

Crawford Moran, brewer at 5 Seasons North in Alpharetta, claims Irish heritage through his grandparents, and he brews a mean Irish stout. He'll have the Dark Star on draft and in a special cask to celebrate. Over at the original 5 Seasons in the Prado, new brewer Kevin McNerney must certainly be Irish, and he offers up his latest beer, McNerney's Irish Red Ale.

Summits Wayside Taverns will be serving corned beef and cabbage for $2.09 all day for dine-in customers. You can wash it down with any number of Irish or Irish-style beers on draft.

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