With the impending arrival of St. Paddie’s Day on Wed. March 17, 2010, I’ve seen a lot of “Green Beer” promotions all around town. Interestingly enough, it always seems to feature the self-appointed King of Beers, Budweiser, one of my least favorite concoctions…
However, I think a new tradition for those who don’t love the taste of Guinness (the most Irish beer going as far as I’m concerned) could be to ease into Guinness half-heartedly (so to speak) by having a Guinness-blended concoction this shamrock day!
Here’s a few unofficial non-“Irish” self-sanctioned mixes that I’ve tasted (and some that I’ve not) with my assessment of what I think:
The Unofficial Beer Goddess’ Half Guinness List (Guinness always insists on being on top!)
- Dark Side of the Moon – 1/2 Guinness and 1/2 Blue Moon (subtle)
- Dirty Shock – 1/2 Guinness and 1/2 Shocktop (WAY better than Budweiser and Anheuser Busch still gets some cash)
- Dirty Hoe – 1/2 Guinness and 1/2 Hoegarden (My personal favorite blend due to the Hoegarden, and perfect for gardening)
- Dirty Wifebeater – 1/2 Guinness and 1/2 Stella Artois (Not yet done this one)
- Cherry Truffle Yum – 1/2 Guinness and 1/2 Lindeman’s Kriek Lambic (Chocolate-like and decadent!)
- Guinness Diet – 1/2 Guinness and 1/2 Diet Coke (A future taste)
- Trojan Horse – 1/2 Guinness and 1/2 Coke or Pepsi (ditto)
- All Irish Black and Tan – 1/2 Guinness and 1/2 Smithwick’s Ale (maybe this Wed)
- Black Ice – 1/2 Guinness and 1/2 Smirnoff Ice (not yet)
- Black Velvet – 1/2 Guinness and 1/2 Champagne (I may save this for New Year’s)
- Dirty canoe – 1/2 Guinness and 1/2 Budweiser (I just don’t drink “canoe” beer so haven’t had this one)
- Snake Bite – 1/2 Guinness and 1/2 Cider (my 25-year-old daughter’s favorite!)
- Guinness Magic – 1/2 Guinness and 1/2 Magic Hat #9 (I’ve gotta find a place that has both so I can try this one!)
- Dirty Guinness – 1/2 Guinness on the floor (LOL) – this is usually an end-of-night drink for some!
Let me know what you think – and hey, luck of the Irish to you all this St. Patrick’s Day!
p.s., With no disrespect intended to my Irish friends, here’s a short joke just in time for St.Patrick’s Day: “An Irishman left a bar. (Hey, it COULD happen!)”
The Unofficial Beer Goddess
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