If there’s one thing Pittsburgh knows how to do, it’s St. Patrick’s Day. For years, St. Patty fanatics have graced the streets of the Steel City at practically the break of dawn, being part of the annual parade through Downtown Pittsburgh, fueling up for the day with kegs ‘n eggs at numerous locations, participating in pub crawls through various neighborhoods, and partyin’ it up like it’s 1999…maybe even 1998!
As you can see, the common thread here is beer. Go figure.
One of the common staples of St. Patrick’s Day celebration is green beer. And, I’m sorry, that’s just gross. “Hey, how can we take this already-gross beer that tastes like people’s feet and make it grosser?” “ADD GREEN DYE TO IT!”
Go home, add-green-dye-to-it guy, you’re hammered.
Is that even how they do it? Even in my swill-swilling days, I never got on board with green beer. And now, it’s 2016, and you don’t need me, St. Patrick, St. Louis, or Saint Elmo’s Fire to tell you Pittsburgh’s got some pretty damn good beer to choose from. Some of them are kinda big…so if you’re looking to go all day strong, drink in moderation. Or find yourself a good session beer. That isn’t green.
In order to effectively deliver my loathing for green beer while simultaneously giving you a better option to seek out this month, I teamed up with my friends at Rivertowne Brewing to put Patrick’s Poison center stage as Pittsburgh’s Beer of the Month. The brewery crew and RT’s Marketing Extraordinaire Jenn Weir were happy to help combat the green swill onslaught set to flood the city streets in a couple short weeks by having some fun and telling us all about this wonderfully hoppy Irish red alternative.
The floor is yours, Rivertowne. And begin…
In your own words, tell us what we need to know about Patrick’s Poison.
It’s not green. Respect the chemistry – it will sneak up on you.
Where did the inspiration for Patrick’s Poison come from?
The liquid commemorates a traditional Irish Red Ale – with a typical Rivertowne twist: Hops! Science and Saints, baby!
What characteristics should we know about Patrick’s Poison?
Patrick’s Poison is a medium-bodied, Imperial Irish Red Ale with a dank hop finish. Complex caramel and honey malt character balances out nicely with the perfect hop additives.
What particular flavor notes should people expect to discover in Patrick’s Poison?
Crisp malt, creamy caramel, and subtle grape undertones; the Cascade, Columbus, Chinook, and Warrior hop combination give an earthy, herbal, and dramatic hop finish. Expect some honey and hops…LOTS of hops!
What foods pair well with Patrick’s Poison?
Spring green and goat cheese salad; sharp cheeses and smoked nuts; shepherd’s pie; roast lamb; Irish stew; corned beef and cabbage; creme brulee; Dulce Le Leche cheesecake. With the spirit of the Irish, the caramel sweetness and warming bite of this ale compliment a hearty lamb stew or a savory reuben sandwich.
Any fun, interesting, or crazy stories come from brewing Patrick’s Poison?
From the Desk of Andrew Maxwell, Brewmaster at Rivertowne Brewing: The first time I brewed Patrick’s Poison, it was carbonating and at 7:45am I had 3 pints by accident and realized I felt like a saint by 9am.
Another interesting tidbit: Some of the accounts where Patrick’s Poison is featured are using it to make Irish Car Bombs. See…beer doesn’t have to be green to be enjoyed in diversified ways.
Can we find Patrick’s Poison at any craft beer destinations in Pittsburgh or specifically in your taproom?
Call any of these fine distributors or locales before venturing out…the remaining supply of Patrick’s Poison is VERY limited!
Cans: Balson Distributing Co, Giant Eagle Monroeville, Giant Eagle Settler’s Ridge, McMurray Market District
Draft: North Park Lounge in Murrysville, Industry Public House in Robinson, Three Rivers Six Pack in Delmont, 80 Acres,
and, of course, here at the brewery or at any Rivertowne Restaurant!