Beers with a Stoic: Shouldn’t the local beer vanguard be respecting beer?

At the end of the day, facts are facts.

  • 2 + 2 = 4.
  • Dublin IS the capital of Ireland, not Tipperary.
  • Green beer, while tragic, is an entirely correctable error.

Last year for St. Patrick’s Day, I decided to renew my perennial campaign against the practice of coloring beer green, which I’ve been doing quite literally for decades. Time was when aspiring beer snobs usually agreed with me, but in 2023, you’d have thought I had suggested clubbing baby seals.

Snobbery ain’t what it used to be, and you could have knocked me over with a Donegal feather. It never dawned on me, not even once, that craft brewers anywhere would do such a thing to their beer, or that our vicinity’s most knowledgeable craft beer fans would countenance such practices.

Shame on me, I suppose. Apparently in my dotage I have not kept up with the awesomeness of those green beers as featured in Instagram selfies. Twenty years ago the vanguard would have been heaping derision on acts of desecration; now anything goes, and having paused to mull it, perhaps the widespread acceptance of green beer even by knowledgeable beer drinkers makes perfect sense.

After all, is a simple blue-dyed golden ale brewed locally that much...Read more