Cheers to St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick's Day, Saturday - March 17, 2012

I'm excited for the St. Patty's Day Parade and Fun Run!

Drinking beer at an Irish pub is almost synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day; while microbreweries have become the trendy thing in the Northwest.

Historic Wallace, with its roots as a rough and tumble mining town with plenty of booze and brothels, has a long history of producing beer. In fact, in 1910 the mayor ordered the town to only drink beer after a major fire tainted the water supply. Paying homage to the town’s past is an assortment of smooth, balanced micro-brews from the Wallace Brewing Company.

The brewery produces beers that are named to reflect Wallace’s outlaw history:
Rock Head Lager: American standard, brewed with Idaho Pilsner malted barley and rice making an undemanding, refreshing beer. Lightly hopped with Cascade hops for low bitterness.
Dirty Blond Pale Ale: American Pale Ale, brewed to be slightly less malty, but conspicuously hoppy. The aromatic hops are grown here in the historic Silver Valley making it slightly more dirty than blonde.
Redlight Lager: Red Honey Wheat Lager brewed with pale malt, white wheat and sweet honey malt for the dark color. There’s no cloudiness in this filtered lager, just a deep sensuous red color and unique flavor.
Jackleg Stout: Cream Stout evolved from Irish Porters. Jackleg is smooth and as dark as the underground. The roasted coffee flavor and aroma come from chocolate and debittered black malts.
Wallace Honeys: The little sister to the Red Light. A filtered honey wheat ale without cloudiness. Brewed with pale malt, white wheat and honey malt for a satiny-sweet unique taste.
Vindicator IPA: Named after the Vindicator mine in the Silver Valley, it is their biggest beer to date. A refreshingly mild flowery start with a nice rich, malty sweetness that balances the citrusy hop finish.

Learn more at Wallace Brewing and Visit Idaho  for a list of microbreweries.

More St. Patrick Day Festivities:
March 15 @ 6:30pm: Irish Band Dervish to perform in Hailey at Liberty Theater; getting you ready for St. Patrick’s Day.

March 17: 7th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration. This year’s theme is “A Day in the Life of a Leprechaun.” Downtown Coeur d’Alene. Parade starts at 4 pm.

March 17: Want to know where to find the bag pipers in Boise on St. Patty’s Day? Here’s the full schedule.

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day Fun Run at Julia Davis Park, Boise.

Many Idaho communities will have a SPD parade… see Visit Idaho events for more info.

PS: If your idea of “green beer” involves food coloring and shamrocks, it’s time to think again. Lower your carbon footprint and support the local economy by drinking local beer. Blog posting from the Nature Conservancy along with Brewery Map.