Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Guinness!

As I pour my can of Guinness Draught into a tulip shaped glass I watch that authentic surging and cascading of “tiny bubbles” in the glass and wait patiently for my first sip, the same way I have to wait when a bartender pulls a Guinness from the tap. The unique can utilizes a built in ‘widget’ which provides the right mix of nitrogen and carbon dioxide and helps create the perfect creamy head.

Sure enough, if I close my eyes as I take a sip, I feel like I’m at my favorite pub in Ireland…all that’s missing is the rain and misty weather…oh wait, we have that here also!

This is a dry stout as it is meant to be; bold and toasty flavors from the roasted barley are balanced beautifully with slight hop bitterness and rich creaminess. My Irish hanai brother recently informed me that the barley used to brew Guinness is grown and roasted in Ireland exclusively for the Guinness brewery. This very special roasted malted barley provides lovely coffee, chocolate and caramel undertones which are balanced perfectly with the creamy head and surprising light body and clean, dry finish on the palate.

One of the most traditional food pairings for Guinness Draught is fresh oysters on the half shell, the bold deep roasted notes and crisp finish of the beer complements the salty dry brine of the oysters. If you are a traditionalist, you can never go wrong with a nice plate of Corned Beef and Cabbage and a pint of Guinness…see Chef Keoni's awesome recipe here. Don't forget that we're currently featuring Corned Beef Brisket and local head cabbage on sale through St. Patrick's Day, so be sure to check out our Special Maika`i Offer and our Weekly Ad!

While many people will tell you a Guinness is like a meal in a glass you may be very surprised to learn that the calorie count is lower than an equal serving of orange juice or non-fat milk…this is a beer you can feel good about celebrating with!

When I think of Guinness, I think tradition, heritage and longevity… over 250 years ago a young man with a dream negotiated a 9000 year lease on an abandoned brewery called St. James Gate in Ireland. Arthur Guinness was only 34 when he paid an initial £100 ($158 US) with an annual rent of £45 ($71) for his brewery. The Guinness you drink here in Hawaii is the same Guinness enjoyed all over the world, still brewed at that very famous brewery in Dublin where back in the day in addition to your weekly wages you were allowed a pint a day as an employee benefit…ah, the old days!

All 31 Foodland and Sack N Save locations will be featuring Guinness on sale this week through St. Patricks' Day, so be sure to pick up some cold ones at Foodland and be safe this weekend!

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