I’ve come to a sad conclusion – St. Patrick’s Day is largely irrelevant for beer geeks. Years ago (before I knew better about beer) it was a day to wear something green and enjoy a Guinness or a Killian’s Irish Red with some friends. It was a national beer holiday of sorts, a day where folks who didn’t normally drink beer raised a pint and toasted their status as an honorary Irishman for a day.
But my love for good beer has cast a shadow over this holiday, because I know too much. I know that there are better beers than Guinness and Killian’s out there (call me a snob if you must). I know that Guinness isn’t even Irish anymore – they are owned by Diagio. I know that Bud outsells Guinness in Ireland. In a nutshell, I know that St. Patrick’s Day is largely a sham – an American holiday propped up by the macrobrewers so they can preserve their annual sales spike.
Now I’m not saying that you shouldn’t go out and enjoy the holiday, I’m just saying the beer part of it has come to mean absolutely nothing to me. Actually, it kind of annoys me to think all sorts of non-beer-drinkers will break from the norm and drink “exotic” brews that are the beer equivalent of the Shamrock Shake. Sure it’s a fun novelty, but there are so many other beverages out there that are so much better.
Sorry to be a downer, but I’ve been waiting for Inspiration to strike and provide a cool idea for a St Patrick’s Day blog post. As I continued to wait, I realized Inspiration wasn’t going to show, because Inspiration isn’t inspired by the beers of St. Patrick’s Day. As it turns out, neither am I.