St. Patrick’s Day is a day of celebration. So how do you celebrate? Do you attend a St Patrick’s Day parade? Or do you have a traditional dinner at home? No matter how you choose to honor the life of St Patrick, it’s important to know why we celebrate him. St Patrick is best known for helping Ireland unite under Christianity in the 400s. He wasn’t born Irish but through his services across Ireland he became an integral part of the country’s rich history. It wasn’t until the 1600s that Saint Patrick’s Day became a holy day of obligation. In 1903, St Patrick’s Day became an official public holiday in Ireland. Europe had already been celebrating St Patrick’s feast day for hundreds of years but the importance of celebrating St Patrick’s Day can be traced back to the United States where the bigger celebrations and parades were born. Since 1762 the New York City St Patrick’s Day Parade has taken place over 250 times. Nearly 40% of the American population say they partake in St Patrick’s Day. Needless to say, it is a huge celebration here in America.
Is there a right way to celebrate the venerable Saint? Well, certainly you must wear green. And you’re probably going to drink beer. An Irish Stout is probably the pint you think of when St Patrick’s Day comes around and with the incredible growth of craft beer here in the States there are more choices than ever. Craft breweries have all dabbled in a Stout here or there but we’ve made ours a mainstay. Our Stern Line Oatmeal Stout is a slight departure from your regular stout: it packs incredible strong roasted flavors of chocolate and coffee but feels lighter than a typical stout. If an Oatmeal Stout isn’t your thing for St Patrick’s Day then maybe our Silk O’ the Kine Irish Stout Nitro is more your flavor. A very smooth brew with light chocolate notes at the finish. The nitro lends to the creamy mouthfeel that is reminiscent of some popular Irish Stouts. Our Beach Blonde will also be getting the special Shamrock treatment and we will be serving a green brew. Whether or not you choose a more traditional brew to celebrate St Patrick’s Day with, there are plenty of options here at 3 Daughters Brewing.