Green beer for St. Patrick’s day? Oh come on, it’s so gimmicky, the sort of thing only “Irish” Chicagoans and that tat shop at the bottom of Grafton st. would go in for. Unfortunately I can’t take this thing seriously, at best it’s a cynical marketing exercise where every two-bit Councillor in the country and his wife (literally) go on a junket to America and elsewhere to try to persuade the world how great we are, all expenses paid, after all, it’s official business! At worst, it’s a drunken orgy of violence and public sex, fingers being bitten off, 10 year olds swinging bottles of hooch, record amounts of blood let, cocaine and racial violence abound!
In any case, let’s not forget that what we are “celebrating” here is the eventual encroachment of a sprawling Greco-Roman culture on Ireland, in the form of Christianity. Furthermore, what we have is a Welsh Christian Slave-child, who returns to this proud and happy little pagan island, and pulls one of the fastest metaphysical tricks in recorded history, convincing the great and the good that the absurd and inscrutable Christian doctrine of the Trinity makes even vague sense, by means of a rather poor analogy with a defenseless shamrock. And to add insult to injury, as if co-opting our natural flora as a pawn in Rome’s play for world-domination wasn’t enough, this Welshman seriously depleted our natural fauna too, driving the much maligned snake into the sea.
So, to bear witness to, lament and commemorate both the sleight-of-hand shamrock-aided con-job that was the christianisation of poor little Ireland, the cynical modern marketing device it has become, and the appalling and horrific Serpenticide that kicked it all off, I have created “St. Patrick’s Day Snake Oil”.
It’s a fairly simple blonde ale, quite yellow to begin with (that was important) with a nice hoppy flavour coming from the East Kent Goldings hops. To colour it I used green food colouring, I first tested a small batch of it drop by drop. I determined that I needed 3 drops per 100ml. I bottled in Proseco style bottles (75cl) so I used 20 drops per bottle. This was a little too much actually, I would use maybe 80% in future, since it turned out a little dark. Anyway, to Trickery, and the demise of the Evil Serpent, cheers!