Finally, a day that we all can pretend to be Irish!
With St. Patrick’s Day just a few days away, we thought we would take the time to shine some light on two of our Irish style brews we will be pouring in honor of the day.
Loughran’s Irish Stout
First up is Loughran’s Dry Irish Stout. Pronounced (lock-ran). This beer is a traditional dry Irish stout, it is roast forward with notes of coffee and a bit of toasted malt. This stout is only served on nitrogen, giving it a wonderful light and creamy mouthfeel.
The Irish stout is without a doubt the most popular Irish style beer. Stouts are an off-shoot of the Porter family tree. The word “stout” was first used in 1677 to refer to a stronger version of the Porter style. The use of “stout” in the context of strength continued on through the 1800’s.
The appearance of our dry stout is simply lovely. The color is almost a jet black. It is served on nitrogen, so after you have patiently waited for that perfect pour, it should have a beautifully fluffy tan head sitting at the top of your pint glass.
As for aromas, the Loughran’s stout is roast forward with notes of coffee coming from the roasted barely, and a bit of toasted malt. Dry stouts can have slight offerings of chocolate, cocoa, or very slight graininess present.
Next up is Rory’s Rayge our Irish Red Ale. This beer is named after owners Mike and Jess Byrne’s beloved Whippet, Rory. Also, local bicycle advocate Ray George. This Irish Red is a touch bigger than a traditional Irish Red Ale. Our take is full of toasted, biscuit flavors and notes of toffee in the finish for an all around well-balanced beer.
Traditionally, Irish red ales are red variations on typical English and Irish ales. Surprisingly enough, Irish Red Ales have not had a huge impact in Ireland’s current beer market where Stouts, Porters and Lagers are more popular. The Irish Red’s darker “cousin” the dry Irish Stout will continue to be the most popular amongst its family.
The appearance of Rory’s Rayge is probably much like you would anticipate, it’s amber to deep-reddish in color. Clean finish. Easy drinking ale with a reddish hue.
Thursday’s Cask is going to be our blonde stout Oscura Obscura with cinnamon and vanilla, served on the beer engine.
Friday, March 17
So come on down to Lineage Friday 11am to 1am. Wear your green. Our kitchen will be open until 10 pm so be sure to grab yourself a Reuben hand pie, your favorite pint and an Irish Car Bomb. We’ll have live music outside from 4-5pm and then again from 6-9pm as part of Givin O’ the Green to the CRC. You’re not going to want to miss this Irish fun!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Sláinte!