It's that time of year again…when things turn green: grass, trees and beer! It's time to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and all things Irish. There's nothing more Irish than Guinness…well, maybe a leprechaun…and we have the pleasure of bringing you the adventure of this brewer's famous Draught.
Way back in 1759, Arthur Guinness used a £100 inheritance to sign a 9,000-year lease on Dublin's ramshackle St. James's Gate brewery. The exact recipe for the stout's mild hoppiness and dark, smooth, espresso-like richness is fiercely guarded, but water from the Wicklow Mountains, south of Dublin, and roasted, unmalted barley are always in the unmistakable mix. In fact, last year in 2009, we joined Guinness devotees worldwide in toasting the brewery's 250th anniversary and the celebration continues, of course, this and every St. Patrick's Day.
We encourage you to go all-out Irish and experience even more of the bittersweet malty, caramel flavor of this Draught by pairing it with our exclusive sweet, nutty Kilaree Irish Cheddar. Sourced primarily from milk that comes from small dairy farmers located in the South of Ireland, cows roam free in fresh air and graze in lush pastures of tender grass. Ireland's unique climate lends itself to the exceptional milk, which in turn produces big Cheddar flavor. Now, you won't find this to be green but this pairing will definitely get you feeling lucky for sure!
Sláinte! (To your health!)