Saint Patrick’s Day as a libation-focused celebration presents an opportunity for a bold, rich beer in the Irish tradition. We took our standard Iron Horse Oatmeal Stout recipe and built up its body with a boost in the amounts of Maris-Otter and Munich malts pushing almost another percentage point of alcohol out of the fermentation using yeast traditionally used for brown ales. These changes gave us a deeper-flavored, richer, rounder malt profile to support the finishing notes from whiskey-soaked oak spirals that mimic the beer having spent time in an Irish Whiskey cask.
We love this place we live in and try to reflect its unique character, culture and history in our beers. A unique story that lends itself to this beer is that of the San Patricios, a brigade of Irish Catholic soldiers who fought on the side of the Mexican Republic during the Mexican-American War of 1846-48. United under a green banner and led by crack artilleryman John Riley, they participated in all the major battles of the war and were cited for bravery by General Lopez de Santa Anna, Mexico’s commander-in-chief and president.
For most Mexicans, solidarity with the Irish is part of a long tradition and they remembered the help they received from the Irish and their friendship. Each year commemorations are held in the town of San Angel to honor the Irish who died in the war. We hope to honor the courage and dedication of those who were part of this forgotten story.