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Mar 16, 2007 07:15 PM

Best Beer to drink with Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner?

I'm off to the store soon. Do we want Guiness? Something else? What beer will you have with yours?


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  1. Xena,

    You're probably already back. Enjoy your Guiness, but I recommend trying Mackeson's Triple Stout. It's soother and sweeter than Guiness. I think it's Irish as well but I'm not sure.

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    1. re: Magnum

      Egads! You recommended an ENGLISH beer for an IRISH feast!

    2. I recommend Smuttynose Imperial Stout or Southern Tier Jah-Va, if you can't find Guiness Extra Stout in bottles (not that nitro-can/-bottle bullshit). Even if you can find the bottled Extra Stout, I'd still go with one of the aforementioned brews. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, try drinking something other than stout. If you still want a nice dark beer, pick up a tasty German(-style) schwarzbier.

      1. Well, Mackeson's English in name only (well, also in style- since sweet stout is more of a British style, anyway). Brewed in Cincinnati by Boston (sic) Beer Co., label owned by the Belgian Inbev -which doesn't even bother to have it contract brewed in the UK anymore, last I looked, and when it was it was a different product (much lower ABV that the "strong" version in the US).

        And, for that matter, Guinness Extra Stout, in the US, is a Canadian product from Moosehead. So, if you want a REAL Irish beer, have a Killian's....

        Just kiddin', just kiddin'.... Me, I had Troegs Nugget Nectar with my Corned Beef and Cabbage, but I also made it last Monday, so I'm not too hung up on the whole "traditional" thing. I also ate it with nice Italian bread, too, since I couldn't find any good rye.

        1. It doesn't have to be Guinness, but any Irish Dry Stout should do. Guinness Extra seems to have lost a bit of zip on its fastball, but the sixer I got last year about this time was still pretty good.

          This year, however, I got something local, and I feel like I've been transported in time back around 25 years ago to when I had my first Guinness Extra Stout. It's been a long time since I was actually jazzed about an Irish Dry Stout (not among my favorite styles, I suppose, for whatever reason) and it went soo well with my corned beef sandwich. The one I have is from Defiant in Pearl River, NY (extremely local, unfortunately), but I have also had a good version from Schlafly's in Saint Louis before. The bottom line, I guess, is that you don't have to necessarily limit yourself to something from Ireland (Guinness, Murphy's, etc.), but sticking within the style is not such a bad idea.

          1. Thanks everybody. I went to the store this morning with the list you all provided and the only one they had was Guiness Extra Stout. I picked up a 6 in case I don't get back out but if time allows I will head to a store with a larger selection this afternoon. Thank you very much for your help and Happy St. Patrick's Day!