Irish Stouts for Spring

By: Todd Templin | VP of Beer, Wine, and The DLM Cheese Shop
On: February 27, 2015

Stout has become synonymous with Ireland and is indeed a symbol of national pride; no other country exports as much beer as Ireland. Irish stout is dry and intense with a slightly roasted characteristic, and is quite smooth despite its motor oil resemblance! These wonderful beers can be enjoyed chilled, yet they are considered at their best served at room temperature. Best enjoyed with friends, we think that they are a “wee” bit of heaven served with the Irish tradition of oysters!

Smithwick’s Premium Irish Ale
Guinness Extra Stout
Guinness Draught
Magners Original Irish Cider

While most selections are the traditional Irish-made stouts, there are many selections available in the same spirit from other parts of the world that are perfect paired with your St. Patrick’s dinner.

Great Lakes Brewing Company Conway’s Irish Ale
Innis and Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask
Thatchers Gold English Cider

We recently had the pleasure of tasting a number of excellent Bordeaux from the 2012 vintage at a gala in Chicago, and look forward to presenting those in the near future. However, for some vineous treasures that are tasting really well now and will age beautifully, we have in our cellars:

2009 Esprit de Pavie $25 saves $5
2010 Château d’Armailhac Pauillac Grand Cru Classé $100
2009 Château Clerc Milon $150 (92 points, R.Parker #199)
2009 Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild $170 – Robert Parker claims this to be the finest second wine Château Mouton has ever produced! (#188)
2009 Château Mouton Rothschild $1,500 (“Drinking well for 30–50 years,” 99 points, R.Parker #216)

Cahill’s is a family-owned, small-scale cheesemaking dairy in Newcastle West in county Limerick, Ireland. An Irish Cheddar flavored with Irish Porter beer, this is one of the most interesting, flavorful cheeses and perfect paired with some Irish libation. Smooth and rich in flavor, the Porter is distinct without overwhelming the cheese.

This yellow-waxed gourmet cheese is handmade using Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey and then matured into a delicious treat. It has a light golden tint, and is softer than one might expect from Cheddar.

Aged 2 years, this distinctly rich cheese with a firm, creamy taste is produced in County Cork, Ireland. Perfect paired with a Cabernet Sauvignon!