Best Irish Beers to Enjoy on International Beer Day

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The beer feels like a very American beverage, but the drink is actually popular all across the globe. If you want to expand your horizons and try new beers, celebrate International Beer Day. Here are some of the best Irish beers to enjoy on International Beer Day:

International Beer Day is August 5. You can use this day as an excuse to visit your local bar and order a brew you do not normally drink. There are thousands of beers from hundreds of countries that are worth trying on International Beer Day. When you think of international beers, your mind may go to a few different countries, but one of those countries is likely Ireland. The Irish are known for their alcohol, and for good reason. You can spend this unofficial holiday paying a visit to McGrath’s Irish Ale House. At McGrath’s, we have a long list of Irish beers and cocktails that are sure to hit the spot.


When you think of Irish beers, Guinness may be one of the first drinks you think of. Guinness has Irish roots dating all the way back to 1759. Not only do Irish people enjoy Guinness, but people in over 100 countries across the globe enjoy it too. At McGrath’s, we serve a Guinness Sout, Guinness Blonde, and Guinness 0.0.

Smithwick’s Ale

Another popular Irish beer is Smithwick’s Ale. Smithwick’s was founded in 1710 in Kilkenny, Ireland, by John Smithwick. It was run until 1965, then it was purchased by Guinness.

Kilkenny Ale

Speaking of Kilkenny, Kilkenny Ale is yet another excellent Irish beer worth trying. The beverage is similar to traditional Guinness in that it has a nitrogenated cream head. 

Murphy’s Stout

This wouldn’t be a list of excellent Irish ales without mentioning Murphy’s Stout. This Irish stout is only 4% proof, making it a light and easy-to-drink beverage perfect for pairing with a meal. The brand originated in Cork, Ireland, back in 1856.

McGrath’s Irish Ale House

These are just some of the outstanding Irish beverages we have at McGrath’s Irish Ale House. We hope to see you here on August 5 for International Beer Day. We are located at 8110 Lakewood Main St. in Lakewood Ranch, FL.

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