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Riley’s Irish Stout
Paper City Brewing Co.
Holyoke is home to the “other” big St. Patrick’s Day parade in Massachusetts; it’s home to a lot of Irish pride; and it’s home to Paper City Brewery Company. The brewer’s banner sums it up: Irish Tradition By The Glass. Like Guinness, Riley’s is an Irish-style stout with a frothy tan head. It is available in 12-oz bottles in select locations.
Mystic describes this one as “a beer descended from the cultural history of the Boston harbor area.” At 7% ABV, this combination of dry Irish Stout meets an English porter packs a punch, but still goes down smooth. Mystic opened up a tasting room, so if you aren’t sure, go try it first.
Irish style Stout
Lefty’s Brewing Co.
Lefty’s Irish Style Stout is a bit stronger than a traditional dry stout. At 6.8% ABV, it has a well-balanced kick to it.
Dry Irish Stout
Finally! We’ll use the same logic we used when describing Harpoon’s Celtic Red. Harpoon brews beer. Harpoon is headquartered in South Boston. Therefore, Harpoon must brew an Irish Stout (See – because it’s in Southie). The Winter-Spring 2013 test batch has shown up in a handful of bars around Boston. The question is whether it will stick around.
Irish Dry Stout
John Harvard’s Brew House
Because John Harvard’s has rotating taps, getting your hands on this one isn’t definite. The brew pub requests people to call ahead to find out what’s on tap. Their Irish Dry Stout comes in at 3.9%, which translates to “order it by the pitcher.”
Gardner Ale House
Gardner Ale House gives you two Irish stouts served on tap and in growlers to choose from: the 2012 Great International Beer Festival Bronze Medal-winning Naked Stout and the thick nitrogen-filled Nitro Naked Stout. Given that it’s an hour-and-twenty-minute drive from Boston without traffic, we recommend trying both and just spending the night there.
Curley’s Irish Stout
Boston Beer Works
One can assume the name is a salute to once-Boston Mayor James Curley, an Irish American. This Irish Stout is available on draft at Beer Works brew pubs and is sold in bottles at a handful of locations around Boston.