I have some Irish in me – not enough to want a “kiss me I’m Irish” t-shirt – but I do look Irish and I can imitate a leprechaun’s voice if necessary. So before St. Patrick’s day I may find the time to reread Thomas Cahill’s “How the Irish Saved Civilization” but I will certainly find time to get my drinks in order.
Breaking from tradition I’m going to pair ale with whiskey to celebrate – no wait, that is tradition.
Here’s what you need to know
- Smithwick’s is pronounced “Smith-icks” or “Smitt-icks”
- You can also pronounce it /ˈsmɪðᵻks/ – but I don’t know how to read that
- /ˈsmɪðᵻks/ is a red ale – clear and dark red in colour, less sweet than a brown ale
- Tullamore dew is a well priced Irish whiskey [$32]
- Irish whiskey always ends “ey” unlike scotch whisky “y”
- The two are produced a short 1 hr drive from each other in the heart of Ireland
- Limerick always makes me giggle