It’s St. Patrick’s Day time again, and again at the behest of a loyal reader, I’m compiling a list of the appropriately-themed beers from Bend’s various breweries (and maybe a pub or two). Of course, an Irish-themed holiday usually calls for a Dry Irish Stout, but very few actually make that specific style so I’m listing each brewery’s house Stout (if they have one)—but of course, it’s the seasonals we’re after as well. And don’t forget the Irish Red Ales too!
And you’ll notice I might not have every brewery in town listed; I may not have found out (yet) what they’re offering. Rest assured I’ll update this post as I find out more.
- Obsidian Stout: A Deschutes staple, on nitro. “Deep, robust and richly rewarding, this is beer to linger over. Obsidian has distinct notes of espresso, chocolate, roasted malt and black barley, with just enough hop bite to cut the sweetness.” 6.4% abv
- Big Red Imperial Cinder Cone: It’s not really an Irish Red, but it’s red and based on a locals favorite! 8.4% abv
- Green Golden: On St. Patrick’s Day, BBC honors the age-old tradition of coloring beer green—okay, maybe not “age-old” but it’s fun nonetheless. They’ll be greening up their Metolius Golden Ale for the day.
- Irish Stout: A proper Dry Irish Stout.
- Quick Step Espresso Stout: On nitro, made with Strictly Organic’s Quick Step coffee.
- O’Shawnigan’s Irish Red: “O’Shawnigan’s named after one of Silver Moons greatest fans, Shawn Hallin, the workout king. It’s thanks to Shawn that Silver Moon Brewing brings you this true to style Irish Red. Years ago, before O’Shawnigans, while smooth talking our lovely bartenders, he’d grouse about his favorite brewery’s lack of an Irish Red. Well persistance paid off and we whipped up O’Shawnigans and we ALL breathed a great sigh of relief.” 5.4% abv
- Dark Side Stout: Their GABF gold medal winner! You can’t go wrong with this one! 6.4% abv
- McMenamins Irish Stout: “McMenamins Irish Stout is made as traditionally as possible with our own little twist. It is a very dark, ebony-colored stout with a thick, creamy and long-lasting head. The flavor is a fantastic fusion of coffee-like roasted barley bitterness and semi-sweet chocolate. A moderate hop bitterness balances pleasingly with this hearty backbone, while tiny nitrogen bubbles enhance the sensation on your taste buds with a smooth, silky creaminess.” 4.9% ABV
- Royal Oil Oatmeal Stout: “The Royal Oil is a full bodied and robust flavored stout. It’s smooth creamy head gives an aroma of oats and malt. A low hop profile allow all the malt complexities to come out in this strong ale. Something to enjoy as it lubricates your soul!”
- Terminator Stout: Of course.
- I think they have their Pass Stout (8% abv) back on tap. Plus they always have guest brews so I’m sure there will be something St. Paddy’s-appropriate available.
- As of Wednesday, they had their own Rabble-Rouser Red (at 8.1% abv not quite an Irish Red but what the hey), Elysian Dragonstooth Stout, and Boneyard Backbone Stout on tap.
- Current tap list: Breakside Brewery Dry Stout, Three Creeks Nitro Irish Stout, Ninkasi Mason’s Red Ale.
- Their current(?) tap list has Laurelwood Portland Espresso Stout, and Ninkasi Mason’s Irish Red on tap.
- Starting at 4pm they will have “Specials on pitchers of green beer, Guinness, Murphy’s Stout, Magners Cider” on tap.