The first time I ventured to Ireland, I did so with a bad case of pneumonia. I spent much of my five days there asleep or wishing I would just up and die. While I wouldn’t consider myself a complete booze hound, when I made plans to go there I dreamt of sipping Guinness and whiskey where it was the freshest. Not so much. Five days, two sips of alcohol… not my idea of a good time.
So leading up to this trip, I popped extra vitamins and stayed away from anyone who coughed, sneezed or even looked remotely sick. That proved to be effective as I was as health as I could possibly be when we landed. And my plan was to make up for all of the drinking I didn’t do the first time I was in Ireland. Ding ding – game on!
It took all of 30 minutes for us to have beers in hand. 8am local time (4am eastern time) to be more precise - a good way to start the trip. Over the next six days we schlepped around the country in a tour bus with 40-some other people. Dublin, the Blarney Stone, Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher – Ireland is truly a beautiful country. And in between all of that tourist stuff, we managed to throw back a few brews and shots of whiskey. All in all, very productive.
I feel that after a week in Ireland, I’m pretty much a connoisseur of Irish stouts. And I’m here to tell you that there is a little known one that takes the cake. Below is my official updated ranking of Irish stouts. Write this shit down: