Specialist beer importer James Clay has sourced a small range of Irish stout and red ales which will be sold on limited availability in time for St Patrick’s Day on March 17.
Normally the domain of the big-name branded black stuff, James Clay has laid its hands on limited quantities of Irish inspired beer from three of the USA’s leading craft breweries. Anchor Brewing Company, of San Francisco, Brooklyn Brewery, of New York, and Flying Dog Brewery, of Baltimore have each produced a special brew to be released in time for St Patrick’s Day. And traditionalists need not worry as James Clay also imports Dublin’s highly regarded O’Hara’s stout, produced by Ireland’s largest craft brewery, the Carlow Brewing Company.
Only available in March, Anchor Brewing Company’s Flying Cloud Stout (7.5% ABV) is the third release from the brewery’s highly sought-after Zymaster series of brews. Flying Cloud Stout is brewed to a traditional export stout recipe 164 years after the first export strength stout was brewed in London and shipped around Cape Horn to San Francisco. Flying Cloud Stout is available on draught from early March.
Brooklyn Brewery has turned to New York’s strong Irish roots to produce a Dry Irish Stout (4.7%). Produced using a large portion of grain that has been roasted like coffee beans, this beer has an espresso-like bite followed by chocolate and coffee flavours. Brooklyn Brewery is producing this beer the traditional Irish way, without adding nitrogen (a gas that creates the distinctive creamy head on mass-produced stouts), resulting in a beer with a brisk, natural carbonation.
Baltimore’s Flying Dog Brewery has created an Irish red ale named Lucky Son-of-a-Bitch, or Lucky SOB (5.0%) for short. When asked about the beer, Ben Savage, of Flying Dog, said: “Brewed with real four-leaf clovers, it is perfectly poised to bring the ‘luck of the Irish’ to those who drink it.”
Mike Watson, of James Clay, clarified this claim by saying: “We can’t guarantee you’ll get good luck by drinking a beer brewed with four-leaf clovers, but if you get seven years bad luck for breaking a mirror, it’s probably not worth rolling the dice.”
There is limited availability of these releases. Demand is expected to be high, so customers are advised to contact their beer distributor to reserve or for pricing details.