Although we’re in the middle of celebrating Mass Beer Week, St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and we wanted to highlight some breweries releasing Irish style beers. The traditional Irish stouts and red ales are very welcomed this time of year, but our local Massachusetts craft breweries have also put some twists on what is “traditional.”
Below is a “wee” list of Irish-style beers we’ve found at Bay State breweries. If you have recommendations for ones we’ve missed, please let us know in the comments. Click the links to see the beer availability. Many breweries will be hosting St. Paddy’s Day events as well, so if you feel like dancing a jig, check out our website calendar for a place to get your Irish on!
67 degrees Brewing Irish Stout (Franklin, MA) – A 6.0% Dry Irish Stout available to go 3/14 and on tap 3/17
10th District Brewing Irish Goodbye (Abington, MA) – Lager brewed solely with Irish Ale malt, which gives this beer “its sweet malty flavor and is hopped with Hersbrucker & Saaz”
Backbeat Brewing Company Rock On (Beverly, MA) – Rock On is a 4.3% Nitro Irish Stout
Burke’s Alewerks Life of Reilly (Hanover, MA) – A smooth, easy drinking 4.5% Traditional Dry Irishstout made with imported Irish barley and served on nitro.
Cambridge Brewing Thousands Are Sailing (Cambridge, MA) – Brewed in the style of Dry Stout, with Len’s Coffee in Medford, MA. CBC will be donating a portion of proceeds from Thousands Are Sailing to aid the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
Cape Cod Beer Top o’ The Morning Irish Coffee Stout and Shillelagh Irish Pale Ale (Hyannis, MA) – Top o’ The Morning has coffee that has been roasted by Cape Cod Coffee and infused “with the sweetness” of Irish Cream. Shillelagh is made with Irish Ale Malt and clover honey.
Castle Island Dearg Doom (Norwood/South Boston, MA) – A 6% Irish Red IPA. Dearg Doom is Gaelic for “Red Destroyer”, named in honor of the mythical Celtic warrior Cu Chulainn who single-handedly saved the livestock of Ulster from an invasion of wolfhounds.
Channel Marker Brewing Lir (Beverly, MA) – Their very first Irish Stout, and the most recent addition to their expanding portfolio of dark beers.
Democracy Brewing Grand Heckler (Boston, MA) – Grand Heckler is an Irish ale is named after Margaret Foley, an Irish-Bostonian suffragist and union activist who earned her moniker by heckling opponents at rallies.
Devil’s Purse Brewing Shelby Rose (South Dennis, MA) – An Irish Red Ale with malty, nutty and toffee flavors
Drawing Board Brewing Heart of Galway Irish Stout (Northampton, MA) – A dry Irish Stout
Fieldcrest Brewing Shannon’s Irish Red Ale (Wilbraham, MA) – An Irish Red Ale available Thursday 3/10
Gentile Brewing Nitro Stout (Beverly, MA) – A 4.2%, gluten reduced a dry and roasty stout “brewed for drinking”
Great Awakening Brewing Luck Of The Iris (Westfield, MA) – A 9.1% Imperial Stout aged in Irish Whiskey barrels. “It’s silky smooth with flavors of Irish cream, cocoa and sandwich cookies and finishes with just the right amount of whiskey and a hint of oak.”
Great Marsh Brewing Dublin Stout (Gloucester, MA) – A “smooth dry Irish stout in traditional form with a bittersweet coffee finish”
Harpoon Brewery Boston Irish Stout (Boston, MA) – A traditional dry Irish stout that is a “tribute to our Boston roots and all the Irish pride that surrounds us.”
Hitchcock Brewing Nitro Stout (Bernardston, MA) – A 5% Traditional Irish Style Dry Stout
Holyoke Craft Beer Rolling In The Clover (Holyoke, MA) – An Irish Extra Stout
Hopothecary Ales Irish Trio (North Reading, MA) – Hopothecary has a trio of Irish beers on tap; Irish cream flavored cream ale, a traditional Irish red and dry Irish stout.
Independent Fermentation Irish Riviera Red (Plymouth, MA) – Their spring seasonal Irish Red Ale
Iron Duke Brewing Murph (Ludlow, MA) – A deep amber color Irish Red Ale named after a “dear friend of the brewery”
Lamplighter Brewing Dubliners (Cambridge, MA) – An Export Stout that’s a “boozy and drinkable take on the classic Irish Dry Stout”
Lookout Brewing & Cider No Panic (Natick, MA) – A Dry Irish Stout
Lord Hobo Dublin Drop (Woburn, MA) – An exclusive taproom release that pairs an Imperial Oatmeal stout with a Vanilla Milkshake Double IPA – 2 pairs in each 4-pack.
Lost Shoe Brewing Leath Bhrógan (Marlboro, MA) – An Irish Red Ale named after the Irish word for shoemaker
Lost Towns Brewing Wylde Clover Irish Red (Hardwick, MA) – A malty Irish Red Ale
Lucky Goat Brewing Mr. Perry’s Lucky Stout (Wareham, MA) – Dry Irish Stout “brewed with all of the four-leaf clovers they could find! (which was none)
Medusa County Hell (Hudson, MA) – A 5.5% Irish Red Ale that Sully says, “Drinking it instantly makes me want to join a Celtic Punk band and raise hell.”
Naukabout Beer Lucky Charms IPA and Bailey’s Mudslide IPA (Mashpee, MA) – Two festive small batch releases available on draft and in crowlers-to-go at the brewery (Bailey’s 3/8 and Lucky Charms 3/15)
Navigation Brewing Irish Stout (Lowell, MA) – A 5% Dry Irish Stout
Notch Brewing Suspect Device (Salem and Brighton, MA) – Dry Irish Stout. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!
Oakholm Brewing Scarlet Clover (North Brookfield, MA) – A 5% Irish style red ale that’s easy drinking with “great malt character full of caramel and toasted notes”
Rapscallion Irish Stout (Spencer, Sturbridge, Acton, Concord, MA) – Just in time for St. Paddy’s Day, their Irish Stout is now available in cans and on tap at all locations.
Redemption Rock Brewing Blackstone Dry Irish Stout & Hardcastle’s Irish Red (Worcester, MA) – Blackstone is a smooth, roasty Dry Irish Stout named for “Worcester’s bygone canal, the construction of which brought thousands of Irish immigrants to Worcester in the early 19th century.” If you’re at the brewery, give the Black & Black a try. Hardcastle’s Irish Red is light and bready with notes of toffee and caramel.
Rockport Brewing McAteer’s Dry Irish Stout (Rockport, MA) – A roasty dry stout from this small batch brewer on the North Shore that’s an ode to the brewer’s great grandfather.
Rushford & Sons Tradisiún and Leann Rua (Upton, MA) – Tradisiún is a traditional Dry Irish Stout with notes of coffee and roast. Leann Rua is an Irish Red Ale
Second Wind Dry Irish Stout (Plymouth, MA) – Get this Nitro Stout in a 20oz Pub glass!
Shovel Town Brewery Irish Gold Ale (Easton, MA) – Brewed as “an homage to golden Irish lagers, this simple golden ale is easy, flavorful and just the right strength to mellow the long days of Irish heritage celebrations.”
Skyline Brewing Eddie Fitz (Westfield, MA) – Come pick up a 4 pack (or increase your odds and grab a few) of Eddie Fitz red ale 3/8-3/9 for a chance to win a free pair of tickets to the 3:00 seating at their Irish Beer Dinner. They will be giving away 3 PAIRS TOTAL and if the luck is with you, then you will find a special shamrock sticker under the top of the 4 pack paktech.
Spicket River Brewery Crowpaclypse (Lawrence, MA) – A traditional Irish stout “inspired by the annual crow migration in Lawrence”
Startline Brewing Craic Irish Red Ale (Hopkinton, MA) – A “smooth and very drinkable Irish Red Ale designed to complement all the fun”
Stellwagen Beer Wicked Craic and Suckin’ Diesel (Marshfield, MA) – Wicked Craic is a 5.5% Irish Red dry hopped with Cascade & Centennial and Suckin’ Diesel is a 4.2% smooth dry Irish Stout
Sterling Street Shamrocks & Shenanigans (Clinton, MA) – Their newest beer, is an “easy drinking” 4.6% Irish Dry Stout and “brings luck to all who drink it” On tap and in cans to-go
Stone Cow Brewery Whiskey In The Jar (Barre, MA) – They annual grand release of Irish Stout aged in Whiskey Barrels, on draft and in bottles.
The Tap Concannon (Haverhill, MA) – Brewed with traditional English pale malts, roasted barley, and Fuggles hops and on Nitro!!
Thirsty Robot Maxamillion Irish Red (Fitchburg, MA) – A 5% ruby red Irish Ale
Trillium Irish Stout (Canton, MA) – A 5.2% “endlessly drinkable” Irish Stout
Troy City McCloskey’s Red (Fall River, MA) – A 5.1% Irish Red Ale
True North Ales Irish Wristwatch – Explorer Series #42 Irish Dry Stout (Ipswich, MA) – A roasty, creamy Dry Irish Stout
Two Weeks Notice Lefty Riley and Pour Decisions (West Springfield, MA) – Lefty Riley is a 4.8% Irish Stout that “Pairs well with Baileys & Irish Whiskey” and Pour Decisions is a Red Ale named in tribute to one of TWN favorite songs by The Real McKenzies
Untold Brewing Irish Whisper (Scituate, MA) – This 5.1% Irish Red is sweet and light and perfect for having a couple to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day.
Untold Brewing Celtic Roots (Scituate. MA) – A 4.4% rich and roasty, jet black Dry Irish Stout.
Vitamin Sea A Pint Of Plain (Weymouth, MA) – a dry Irish stout brewed with the Eat Local restaurant group. Served on Nitro.
Wachusett Brewing Quinn’s Irish Style Amber Ale (Westminster, MA) – Named in honor of Wachusett’s founding brewer and “favorite Irish-American Peter Quinn, aka ‘Quinny’”
Wormtown Brewery Irish Red (Worcester, MA) – An easy-drinking, light-bodied red ale that hits all those caramel and toffee notes
*Beer pictures from brewery websites