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Irish stew, shepherd’s pie, cheese course
$7.95/600 ml

Let's see, now: It's called Strong Patrick and it's made by a mighty talented brewmaster by the name of Matthew O'Hara – could this be an Irish-style beer? Yes, indeed. Specifically, a twist on Irish red ale, brewed to 6.7-per-cent alcohol and partly matured in barrels that once held whisky. That mellowing process added subtle vanilla richness to the underlying malty essence. This is one awesomely smooth beverage, brewed in limited quantities in honour of a certain saint's day in March, with a creamy, almost glassy texture and core flavours of caramel, toffee, toasted barley and dried dates. A moderate hoppy edge delivers refreshing bitterness. A good match for Irish stew, shepherd's pie or a cheese course. Available in select LCBO stores in Ontario.

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More


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