Irish Apple Beer Cake & Craft Beers For St Patrick’s Day
Years ago I spent Saint Patrick’s day in Ireland. Stumbling around the city with rowdy locals, watching fireworks burst over the River Liffey. Since that night I’ve fostered a love for Ireland, her people, and her beer. There isn’t a celebration that can compare to it anywhere in the world. At its core, it’s about patriotic pride and the joy of living in a great country.
In America, we do things a bit different. The 17th of March is more about green clothing, false proclamations of Irish heritage, food dye in pale lagers, and over-consumption of both Guinness and McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes. We can do better. Just like the tradition of Corned Beef and Cabbage is more of an homage to the American-Irish than the Ireland-Irish (they never ate that), craft beer has been honoring our beer loving Irish friends for years. This year, support local craft beer, honor Ireland, and for the love of God, put down the green food dye.
Irish Inspired Craft Beers for Saint Patrick’s Day
- Michael Faricy’s Irish Stout // Arbor Brewing (Michigan)
- Irish Ale // Boulevard (Missouri)
- Irish Red // Moylan’s Brewery (California)
- Irish Death // Iron Horse Brewery (Washington)
- Irish Lager // Rogue Ales (Oregon)
- Celtic Red // Harpoon Brewery (Massachusetts)
- Irish-Style Extra Stout // Schlafly (Missouri)
- Lucky SOB Irish Red // Flying Dog (Maryland)
- The Chesty Irish Red // Legacy Brewing (California)
- Dry Irish Stout // Brooklyn Brewing (New York)
- 3 cups flour
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- 3 large Fuji apples, peeled and chopped
- 6 tbs melted butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup beer (red ale, wheat beer, pilsner, or golden lager)
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups heavy cream
- ¾ cup powdered sugar
- 2 tbs beer (or 1 shot of Irish Whiskey)
- Preheat oven to 350.
- In a large bowl stir together the flour, both kinds of sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Stir in the apples, then make a well in the center.
- Add in the butter, vanilla, beer and eggs, stirring until just combined.
- Pour into a 9 inch spring form pan that has been greased.
- Bake at 350 until the center has set, 40-45 minutes.
- Allow to cool completely.
- Just prior to serving add the cream, powdered sugar and beer (or whiskey) to a stand mixer. Mix on high until soft peaks form, about 3 minutes.
- Serve cake topped with whipped cream.