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Beer #69 – March 13, 2010: Wexford Irish Cream Ale

March 17, 2010

Beer: Wexford Irish Cream Ale

Brewery: Greene King, Suffolk, England

Style: Irish Red ALe

Serving Type: 14.9 oz nitro can

Price: $7.99 / four-pack

Availability: Year-round

Glassware: Stemmed Glass

Strength: 5.0% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: Easy drinking, maybe a little too mild

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Clear, coppery hue with a creamy white head

Aroma: Very mild honey-sweet aroma, with mild herbal notes

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth and creamy

Taste: A bit thin… mild malty sweetness, a little toasty, into a long earthy, peppery, dried leaf, bitter finish.

Pairing: Corned beef and cabbage.

Trivia: While today in America, we associate corned beef and cabbage as standard “Irish” St. Patrick’s day fare, a dish of bacon, potatoes and cabbage would be much more common than corned beef in Ireland.  When many Irish immigrated to America in the 1800’s, they arrived in New York City and settled in neighborhoods with other recent immigrant groups, particularly Jewish immigrants.  Keeping Kosher, Jewish shopkeepers did not sell bacon.   However, they did sell cured salty meat… corned beef.  This “substitute” for Irish bacon has now become part of Irish-American cuisine.

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