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The luck of the irish is upon us! This year's St. Patrick's Day arrives on a Saturday, which means that there is no doubt it will go down as one of the most celebrated events of the year.  As the Irish always say "The clovers will spring, the men will sing, and the women will look pretty as pie".  Ok, I made that little limerick up myself, but it is catchy, right?

In order to get you prepped for the event, we bring you the world's greatest and most spectacular St. Patrick's Day Beers.  Please use green food colouring responsibly.

Toping of the list at #10 is the world famous Beamish Irish Stout. A two week brewing process brings this bitter, chocolaty, somewhat coffee tasting beer into a fine stout worthy of every drop.

#9 brings us Smithwick's Irish Ale which just so happens to be one of Irelands oldest beers dating back to the fourteenth century. The red ale has a hint of hops, finished with a sweet caramel maltiness.

Hanging on to our #8 spot is the one and only Murphy's Irish Stout. Known as one of the lightest Irish beers, it can be deceivingly easy drinking. Layered with soft, sweet, and bitter flavours. It only takes a few before the irish in all of use comes pouring out.

Not to be forgotten is the massive #7 contendor, Guinness Foreign Extra Stout. This amazingly strong 7.5 per cent alcohol by volume beer first reached North American shores in 1817 and his been warming Irish beer loving hearts ever since. Chocolate and bitter overtones have encouraged many connoisseurs to find it a much smoother taste than it's popular big brother.

#6 welcomes in the Porterhouse Brewing Co. Oyster Stout. One of the newest to the game, having only established in 1996, this cutting edge brewery actually shucks fresh oysters into the tank! You wont end up eating any from the bottle, but a soft hint of oyster permeates this beautifully crafted malt beer.

Rounding out the list at #5 is the old school Ohara's Celtic Stout. Staying true to the original Irish stout recipe, this beer uses only hops, barley, yeast, and water, with no artificial additives.  The result is a beer that is in perfect balance between sweet and bitter. A true hero among old world beer drinkers.

Harp Lager, the only lager style beer in our list makes the #4 spot. With a crisp and solid taste, this beer gives a refreshing break from the other pudding beers on this list. Just think summer in a glass.

Coming in at #3 is the often overlooked but never forgotten Murphy's Irish Red. Unlike many other red beers which use artificial colouring, Murphy's gets it's reddish hue from the small amount of roasted barley added during the brewing process. Dry, crisp, bubbly, this is one beer that should not be passed by.

Making the #2 spot is one of the world's most recognizable beers, Guinness Draught. If you haven't tried a Guinness... well, I don't really know what to say!

#1 on our list of top Irish Beers is my personal favourite, the ultra popular, always smooth, super refreshing, Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale. Dating back to the fourteenth century, this beer has had ample time to perfect it's rich flavour and smooth drinking style. For years it was only available in North America at the Dubliner Pub in Washington DC, but recently it has gone global.  So grab yourself a pint, and celebrate St. Patty's Day in style!

Happy St. Patrick's Day Everyone!


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