You may know St. Patty’s Day as an excuse to wear green (or get pinched), kiss a cute Irish guy or gal, and enjoy a delicious green-colored beer. What you may not know, though, is the history behind this lively and festive holiday, which explains the reason for all the celebrations.
Saint Patrick was a fifth-century missionary to Ireland who converted many of the pagans on the island to Christianity. Interestingly, March 17 falls during Lent, but the records show that throughout the years the prohibitions against eating meat were lifted, and the Irish would celebrate their patron saint with dancing, drinking, and feasting on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage. Saint Patrick’s Day made its way from Ireland to the US by way of Boston, and it was first celebrated there in the 1760’s.
Strangely enough, though Ireland is well-known for its stout, the majority of the beer sold in the country is lager. So, whether you’re planning on enjoying a traditional stout, an Irish red, or a crisp lager this St. Patty’s Day, you’ll be glad you’re a part of the rich tradition that has become one of the most celebrated holidays in the calendar year.
While partaking in the traditional St. Patty’s Day dancing, drinking and feasting, why not enjoy some delicious OC craft beers? If you’re leaning towards a traditional brew, try one of the local stouts highlighted in my post entitled “Stout: the perfect Halloween beer choice,” or the Oatmeal Stout currently on tap at Karl Strauss Costa Mesa. Lagers are naturally a perfect choice for food coloring enhancements, and you can find some tasty recommendations in my post about “Super Bowl Super Beers.” Lastly, you can find several delicious red ales on tap now, at places like Pizza Port in San Clemente and Huntington Beach Beer Company.
Erin Go Bragh!