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We're Halfway to St. Paddy's Day: 9 American-Irish Beers Worth Trying

The Irish Red Ale originated in Ireland. The small amount of roasted barley in this brew gives it a glorious reddish hue, which some American brands have even tried to duplicate with dye! They won’t fool the most dedicated drinkers, though — because everyone knows it’s the taste that matters. If you’re drinking a true Irish Red Ale, your beer will taste malty, hoppy, and refreshing.

Another common Irish brew is a Dry Irish Stout. Stouts usually have a light body, low carbonation level, and they’re served on a nitro system, in order to create a creamy effect on the beer. Irish stouts tend to be bitter because of the roasted barley and hefty helpings of hops, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t absolutely delicious.

When you drink an Irish beer, you’re drinking a blend like no other. Their rich, dark, malty flavors come together to create an Irish aroma that is utterly cozy and perfect for the chilly weather. Because of this, American breweries everywhere are duplicating the qualities of a true, Irish beer — this way, it doesn’t matter where you are. With American-Irish blends, beer lovers of all kinds can enjoy the unique qualities of an Irish blend whenever you’d like!

There will always be classic Irish brands like Guinness, but have you ever tried dabbling into an Irish brew from a local brewery?  A handful of American companies providing their beer in darker tones, with a malty texture and a smooth aftertaste — just like the Irish like em’. Whether it be a bigger brand like Samuel Adams, or a local brewery like Brooklyn Brewery, each company has its own take on an Irish blend that set them apart from the rest.

Fruity, hoppy, malty, you name it — here’s 10 Irish beers that are definitely worth trying.

Black Sun Stout, 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

With their psychedelic beer labels and wide range of flavors, 3 Floyds Brewing Co. is truly one of a kind. Their Black Sun Stout contains a hint of coffee aromas and piney hops that will take your taste buds all the way to Ireland.

Blue Fin Stout, Shipyard Brewing Co.

Unlike a lot of stouts that are only available in the fall or winter, this one-of-a-kind beer is available year round. What exactly makes it one-of-a-kind, you ask? Though most stouts or Irish blends are dark, this beer is literally pitch black with a smooth, chocolate taste.

Celtic Red, Harpoon Brewery

This old-school joint has been brewing tasty beer since 1987. Celtic Red Harpoon Brewery’s Celtic Red is best enjoyed during the late winter, but it’s malty and sweet balance can help your transition into spring feel effortless when the time comes.

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Dark Starr Stout, Starr Hill Brewery

This beer has an impressive track record. Starr Hill’s Dark Starr Stout has won more national and international awards than any other Dry Irish Stout in the country. We’ll cheers to that!

Dry Irish Stout, Brooklyn Brewery Co.

Rich coffee and chocolate flavors make Brooklyn Brewing Company’s Dry Irish Stout a must-try. Pair this Irish beer with oysters, a burger, or corned beef and you’ll be drinking like a true Irishman.

Fighting Heart Irish Red Ale, Great Lakes Brewing Co.

This Irish brew honors Johnny Kilbane — a Cleveland-born Featherweight Champion. The name is based off of the title of a poem by the man himself! What a cool and quirky way to incorporate Cleveland’s Irish heritage into a beer.

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Full of Balarney Stout, Terrapin Beer Company

Brewed with flaked barley and roasted malt, this cozy stout will give your mouth a silky-smooth feeling. Though Terrapin Beer Company doesn’t specialize in dark beers, the combination of dark aromas with a light body make this beer a must-try.

Irish-Style Extra Stout, Schlafly Beer

Roasted barley and Dark Crystal malted barley come together to make a one-of-a-kind, dry, fruity stout from Schlafly. Looking for a beer that balances sweet, bold, black, and bitter? This is the one for you.

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Samuel Adams Irish Red

Put away your summer ale, it’s time to try a different Sam Adams blend. With an earthy hoppiness and roasted malt sweetness, the Samuel Adams Irish Red will make you feel as if you’re snuggled into a cozy and authentic Irish pub.

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We're Halfway to St. Paddy's Day: 9 American-Irish Beers Worth Trying Slideshow