For beer lovers everywhere there is no other holiday like St. Patrick’s Day. It’s a day to celebrate our love of great Irish whiskey and revel in the magic of a great tasting beer. In Portland, one of the world’s most prolific craft beer and spirits cities, this holiday is particularly special, and we invite everyone who likes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day to join us at Southeast Portland’s Yukon Tavern.
The Beer We Serve
Every day the Yukon has eighteen beers featured on our rotating taps. (Check out what is currently being offered on our automatically updated online leader board!) In honor of the Irish brew masters and their holiday, we are featuring several beers brewed on the Emerald Isle this month, including Smithwick’s Irish Red and a favorite of stout lovers, Guinness. (To find out the proper Irish way to enjoy an Irish beer check out our blog post “How to Dink a Guinness the Irish Way.”)
The Difference that Makes Irish Beer Better
Irish brew masters produce over eight hectoliters of beer every year, with lagers representing 60%, stout accounting for 34%, and ale making up 6% of beer exports internationally. Their methods are rooted in over 350 years of perfecting the brewing process and using barley grown in their cool-weather, rainy climate (sound familiar?). During the 18thcentury, brewers began importing hops from England and increased their production to more than 600,000 barrels of beer produced annually. Sales were also boosted at that time due to a tax leveled against distilleries to encourage less whiskey drinkers in exchange for what was considered the less disruptive drink and beer. The reputation of Irish beer continued to grow over time through competitions held by the Royal Dublin Society, giving awards to brewers who used the most Irish hops and those who produced the most porter.
Great Irish Whiskey Tasting
Interested in tasting the rich, smooth taste of a great Irish whiskey? The Yukon offers an Irish Whiskey Flight that features three different whiskeys with a complimentary Guinness or Smithwicks chaser for only $12! With thirteen different varieties to choose from, we’re sure you’ll fall in love with one, or maybe all three. We’ve included two from Jameson, one of the most popular Irish whiskeys.
The love of Irish beer and spirits continues to thrive in our city and we’re inviting all the lucky people of Portland to the Yukon Tavern on St. Patrick’s Day to toast two of the Emerald Isle’s best exports, delicious Irish beer and whiskey!