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Beer of the Week: Five for Fiesta


 

 

Beer of the Week is sponsored by the Lion & Rose. Each week, we introduce you to a wonderful brew that’s a little bit different and well worth seeking out.

 

 

 

 

Let’s face it, Fiesta is not just a party for one day. It’s a party that tests endurance as well as wallet, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

So, here are five beers that won’t tax your wallet. They also taste great without taxing your attention too much. Plus, some of them are light enough to enjoy if the temperatures get hot, which they have been known to do this time of year.

As always, remember to drink responsibly, during Fiesta and any time. Have a designated driver or call a cab if you’ve had to much, whether it’s at a friend’s house or NIOSA.

Red Stripe — This Jamaican beer adds life to the party. It’s a great sipper and it’s perfect with street food, such as overstuffed gorditas sizzling hot out of the fryer.

Real Ale Firemens #4 Blonde Ale — This local favorite would work with pretty much any dish you might set out. Or you could just enjoy a few by themselves. Your mouth will enjoy the treat.

Harp Lager — Good ol’ fried food, whether it’s chicken on a stick like they serve at the Oyster Bake, fried mushrooms or calf fries, goes down much easier with a clean, cold brew. Simple yet full of flavor, Harp fills the bill.

Pilsner Urquell — Add a little Czech touch with this brew from the town where pilsners originated. One sip will make you want to enjoy many more.

Dogfish 60 Minute IPA — Grilling up some sizzling anticuchos at your home to share with friends? Or a ceviche with plenty of serrano to give it an extra kick? Then reach for this hoppy treat, with a pleasant bitterness that stands up to the heat.

 

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Beer of the Week: Harp Lager


 

 

Beer of the Week is sponsored by the Lion & Rose. Each week, we introduce you to a wonderful brew that’s a little bit different and well worth seeking out.

 

 

 

Harp Lager

Let’s face it. You can’t just dye any beer green for St. Patrick’s Day. Anything but a light-colored beer will take on a rather unappetizing color that can interfere with your drinking enjoyment.

So, let me suggest that if dying your beer green is a high priority for you in the next week, then get yourself some Harp Lager.

First off, it’s Irish, with the harp on the label being the same as that on its parent, Guinness.

Second, it’s a fine lager with plenty to recommend in terms of flavor.

When you pour the beer from the bottle, you’ll notice its light straw color. A hefty foam rises quickly and settles down to a nice lacey rim around the edge.

The aroma is sweet and yeasty, with notes of bread, malt and a slight touch of floral hops.

The scents carry over into the taste, with flavors of grain and a pleasant hoppy bitterness dominating in a light yet sure way. There’s a clean finish that makes it all uncomplicated and so easy to love.

That simplicity makes this an easy beer to pair with all your Irish and Irish-American favorites. At Lion & Rose, you could start with Limerick Fries, deep-fried green beans, then move on to bangers and mash, corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips, and even a vegetarian combination of bubble and squeak, Guinness mac and cheese,  and those wonderful Parmesan-broiled tomatoes.

The combinations are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day — or any day, for that matter — whether you dye the Harp green or not.

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