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Mar 17, 2014 10:03 AM

Does Heineken qualify as 'Green Beer' for St. Paddy's Day?

Just asking..

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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  1. Only if you drink it from the bottle! :)

    1. I vote no on that on!
      Happy St Paddys Day!

      1. Don't do the green beer. Have a real Irish beer, Guiness, or Murphy's or even a Harp.

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        1. re: TroyTempest

          Love Guinness but after a few pints from the motherland, its hard to get into a pint or two here in the States..
          Taste completely different.

          Plus, a 12pk of long neck Heinekens were on sale yesterday for $11.00 bucks!

          Maybe a shot of Jameson to go with that?

              1. re: Beach Chick

                find yourself a pub owned by Irish folk, and ask them if they're considered a "Real Irish Pub" by Guinness.

                Apparently Irish-owned pubs are allowed to buy Guinness that's brought in from Dublin -- so you'll drink a bit of the Liffey in your pint.

                Not the bitter stuff brewed in Canada for the US market -- it's well worth trying to find.

                Friends don't let friends drink green beer.

                1. re: sunshine842

                  all the draught Guinness sold in the US comes from Dublin, and it's the same regardless of who owns the pub.

                  The bitter stuff from Canada is Guinness Extra Stout, a different product.

                  1. re: Jim Dorsch

                    not what Irish publicans have told me.

                    1. re: sunshine842

                      I'd believe Jim over some folks who claim to know about some secret inside Irish connection.
                      He knows his beer.

                      1. re: TroyTempest

                        This has been told to me in several cities, by Irish-born folks who own pubs and restaurants.

                        I'm sort of doubting that they'd all manage to make up exactly the same story.

                        1. re: sunshine842

                          As I said, all draught Guinness sold in the US comes from Dublin.

                          I'm a veteran beer journalist and editor of a beer-industry publication. What would I know about the beer industry?

                          My last word.

                          1. re: Jim Dorsch

                            and a poster unfamiliar with your name should have any idea of your chops because......?

                            I didn't call you a liar...merely telling (to me) an anonymous poster what I've been told in multiple locations around the country...

                            ...I'm relating conversations I've had, and stand by the veracity of what I've said.

                            Where's the disconnect? Beyond me.

                            1. re: sunshine842

                              It's an old story that has gone around, so I don't think anybody is questioning that is what you heard. Probably a combination of Irish braggery plus confusion over the extra stout. They all told my parents that when they were visiting a few years back.

                              There is the possibility (already mentioned in this thread) that many of the Irish pubs have obtained fresher beer, but this may also be an apples to oranges comparison as well. BeachChick - when you had the pints here, were did you have them?

                    2. re: Jim Dorsch

                      Hell I've noticed variation in the taste of Guinness around Dublin. Some pubs just serve a better pint than others I guess.

              2. The whole "green beer" custom is purely American anyway. Try adding green food colouring to Guinness and see how far you get.

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                  1. re: Veggo

                    I believe those would be called "jived" oysters.

                1. There is something wonderful about the beer guys on Chowhound. .

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                  1. re: Beach Chick

                    Even when they are not guys. But will certainly will take that as a compliment, though, BC.