In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day we welcome special guest Madeleine Bogard for an exploration of stouts from the Emerald Isle. Irish stouts are synonymous with Guinness Draught, so we start our journey with this iconic beer. We explore it’s evolution through the past two centuries, and see how it stacks up against it’s Cork-based rival, Murphy’s, in a blind taste test. We see how the use of dark roasted, unmalted barley, introduced in the 1880s, and nitrogenation, introduced in the 1950s, have created a beer that’s a powerhouse for the senses, yet at 4.2 abv is simultaneously a highly quaffable session beer. From there we see how things change as we move up in gravity, first to the Guinness Extra Stout and then to the elusive (in Ohio anyway) Foreign Extra Stout. Along the way we discuss the notion that these beers are best experienced in their homeland (spoiler alert, it’s true), share some stories from visiting the Emerald Isle, and discuss Irish music and dancing.
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- Guinness Draught
- Murphy’s Irish Stout
- Guinness Extra Stout
- Guinness Foreign Extra Stout