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Killian's Irish Red is nearly 150 years old.
Killian's Irish Red is nearly 150 years old.

An American beer on St. Patrick's Day?

It's no secret that I love Guinness. Always have. Even before they seriously upped the ante with the widget in a can (and then in a bottle). But this St. Patrick's Day, I suggest you give an American beer a try.

George Lett first brewed the beer that would become Killian's Irish Red in 1864 in Enniscorthy, Ireland. Yes, Killian's is nearly 150 years old. Now, it's made here by Coors.

Though it now has new, updated packaging and even a recently tinkered recipe, this red lager is full-bodied and easy drinking.

There is no substitute, of course, for a cold Guinness Stout with a nice tan head, but if you're looking for a refreshing, lighter option for a long day of St. Patrick's Day celebrations, this rosy little lager just might do the trick.

Talkbacks

specialk622 | March 17, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. (report)

agreed, SAB Miller Coors has plenty of marketing power. I'll purposely pick up some Sprecher, and Lakefront this week.

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mikeb | March 17, 2012 at 8:56 a.m. (report)

I'd suggest going local with either Sprecher's Irish Stout or Lakefront's Snake Chaser. Both are simply better than the American version of Guiness.

I'm a bit surprised to see onmilwaukee having a few different articles extolling the virtues of national and international brands instead of stuff right in our backyards.

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