Brewed to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, the Rogue was our fourth beer and the first to which we added whole hops in the fermenter. A refreshing, hoppy ale that won’t slow down festive celebrations. Please -- no green dyes!
A little lighter in body than Barley’s Pale Ale, and just a wee more hops make this one a great year ’round session ale.
Unfortunately, we only brew it once a year, in time for Saint Patrick’s Day. It’s an amber, though we wouldn’t object if you called it a red ale. What better way to celebrate the life of the patron Saint of Ireland? Certainly not with green beer.
Shall we attempt to guess how this umm, tradition started?
First, it couldn’t have been in Ireland. There, traditionally Guinness is the drink of choice on St Patricks Day. Would the Irish really foul good beer with green dye? Besides, it would be pretty difficult to dye black beer green, wouldn’t you agree?
The Germans have been known to put colored liqueurs into their wheat beers (Berliner anyone?), but they don’t celebrate Saint Patty’s Day, do they? They’ve got their own fish to fry--Oktoberfest.
OK, so that leaves someone in the good ole USA as the probable perpetrator. Some person, most likely not Irish at all, decided to desecrate beer in the name of St. Patrick. Real classy.
Then with plenty of help from slimy news types and big corporation breweries, it took off. Now it’s a part of American holiday tradition. Which is of course, take something and change it into something opposite of what it used to be.
It helps when there is a excuse to drink. Any excuse to drink is the sure fire bet into American tradition. Like football and NASCAR and beer pong.
Make up your mind. You want green, eat a salad. You want beer, drink Barley’s Irish Rogue.
Brewer: Barley’s Brewing Company
Style: Irish Ale
Alcohol Content: 4.2%