This week, people around the world will be celebrating St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Since his rumored death on March 17, 461, people have honored St. Patrick and recognized their Irish history — or just had lots of fun at the local Irish pub. The celebration was traditionally a religious holiday, but it has morphed into a global green bonanza of parades, shamrocks and, of course, beer.
Although watered down green beer goes along with the celebration, it is usually less-than-appetizing. Plus, there are a lot of Irish beers that do not need to be green to still be enjoyed on the holiday. UnderTheLabel, an alcohol data site by Graphiq, used data from Beer Advocate to rank the highest-rated Irish Dry Stout and Irish Red Ale beers. Only beers with greater than 100 ratings were considered in the compilation of this list. The beers are ranked by their average rating and ties were broken by the number of ratings the average is based upon. Beer Advocate's Average Rating score spans from a zero to five.
Some of these beers come from American breweries like Red Trolley or Samuel Adams. Others, like Guinness or Carlow Brewing Co., come straight from Ireland. From a dark, rich stout to a lighter red ale, this list will have you craving an Irish beer and ready to celebrate.