Every March, you’ll hear the praises of Irish whiskey, Baileys, and Guinness sung in the run-up to St. Patrick’s Day, our annual bacchanal of corned beef and cabbage, green beer, green rivers, step-dancing and drunken singing.
But it’s different this year. New Irish distilleries are popping up, and the large guys have not been lazy, either. Irish craft brewers are also finally moving out of the garage stage; there are now more than 70 breweries on the island. And, there’s a new product that has caught on with locals and is fast making friends here in America: Irish gin. The good news is that some of this bounty is coming to America and I suggest you sample it on St. Patrick’s Day.