Beer Pick: Irish Dry Stout for St. Patrick’s Day

Eventide Brewing Dry Irish Nitro Stout. PHOTO CREDIT: Shawn O’Neill.

In honor of St. Patrick’s, today’s Beer Pick isn’t a beer, it’s a beer style.

As a devotee of Ireland, the Irish people, and their music, historic foodways and drink, I’ve always had a special place in my heart for a proper pint of Irish dry stout.

Last year around this time, I wrote about the style, noting that to most people it’s famously known as Guinness, and the beer of St. Patrick’s Day.

I also noted that Irish stout has never been very popular among craft beer lovers — though several U.S. craft breweries have made notable versions of the style over the years, including Bell’s, Brooklyn, Cigar City, Harpoon and North Coast.

Here in Atlanta, Eventide, the tiny Grant Park brewery, has been making its Dry Irish Nitro Stout since opening in 2014.

And at Five Seasons Westside, brewer Crawford Moran continues to brew Dark Star Stout, a revival of the Irish dry stout he first developed at his long-gone Dogwood Brewing Co.

Now, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day 2018, Decatur’s Three Tavern’s Brewery has raised a hand to high-five the style with Maury Mable’s Irish Stout.

Here’s how Three Tavern’s tells this very Irish tale:

On St. Patrick’s Day in 1895, when the streets still ran on all four sides of the Decatur square, a young man named Maury Mable first marched through downtown Decatur to honor his ancestral homeland. For fifty years, dressed in top hat and tails and carrying a cane, Maury marched, alone or accompanied by anyone who wished to join in. His parade drew crowds to watch him strut through the downtown streets, often followed by the Decatur high band.

On Saturday morning, to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Three Taverns Brewery will host a march through the streets of Decatur to the Brick Store Pub, where everyone will raise a pint of Maury Mable’s Irish Stout and toast the memory of “The Pied Piper of Decatur.”

In addition to Brick Store Pub, Maury Mable’s Irish Stout will be pouring at Three Taverns, The Marlay House, Mac McGees and Leon’s Full Service.

Find more details on gathering, marching and drinking here: threetavernsbrewery.com/blog/2018/03/mable.

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