The Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day parade.
During the years when Mardi Gras falls late on the calendar — like this year — we hardly have time to stick to our Lenten vows of good behavior before St. Patrick’s Day
hits. I tend to stay home and avoid the madness of the Celtic celebrations, but there are a few places to go and beers to drink that honor Ireland well.
The epicenter of the celebration is the Tracey’s
joint Irish Channel block party (Sat. March 15 and Mon. March 17). There are beer trucks on Third and Magazine which may have a selection of the Irish Channel’s only brewery, NOLA Brewing. Duck into Parasol’s if there’s nothing on the street — they usually have a few craft taps online.
For the Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day parade
on March 15, bring some tall boys of NOLA Brewing’s Irish Channel Stout for the local touch, or go Irish with cans of Guinness or O’Hara dry Irish stout. Traditional dry Irish stouts are relatively low in alcohol (between 4 and 4.5 percent ABV), so they can be enjoyed all day. NOLA’s Irish Channel Stout weighs in at a heftier 6.8 percent, so plan accordingly.
The clock outside the Irish House.
Venturing out of the Irish Channel. The Irish House
on St. Charles Avenue has a great selection of Irish beer. They serve Murphy’s on nitro, which I prefer to Guinness (which they also have). Also on tap is Smithwick’s, an amber ale, and Harp, a basic light lager. The Irish House also has a terrific selection of American craft, British, and Belgian beers in the bottle, and offers several rotating craft taps as well.
offers Guinness, Smithwick's, Harp and Magner’s Cider all year round. Its Mid-City neighbor, the Holy Ground Irish Pub
, offers a Guinness pint with Jameson Irish whiskey shot special every day of the year.
My final word of advice: stay away from green beer.
For more information, visit www.stpatricksdayneworleans.com