Beer of the Week is sponsored by the Lion & Rose. Each week, we introduce you to a wonderful brew that’s a little bit different and well worth seeking out.
So, let me suggest that if dying your beer green is a high priority for you in the next week, then get yourself some Harp Lager.
First off, it’s Irish, with the harp on the label being the same as that on its parent, Guinness.
Second, it’s a fine lager with plenty to recommend in terms of flavor.
When you pour the beer from the bottle, you’ll notice its light straw color. A hefty foam rises quickly and settles down to a nice lacey rim around the edge.
The aroma is sweet and yeasty, with notes of bread, malt and a slight touch of floral hops.
The scents carry over into the taste, with flavors of grain and a pleasant hoppy bitterness dominating in a light yet sure way. There’s a clean finish that makes it all uncomplicated and so easy to love.
That simplicity makes this an easy beer to pair with all your Irish and Irish-American favorites. At Lion & Rose, you could start with Limerick Fries, deep-fried green beans, then move on to bangers and mash, corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips, and even a vegetarian combination of bubble and squeak, Guinness mac and cheese, and those wonderful Parmesan-broiled tomatoes.
The combinations are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day — or any day, for that matter — whether you dye the Harp green or not.