Tag Archives: St. Patrick’s Day

The Top 10 Beer Holidays

Nielsen, the data group which counts everything from web page views, to how many people watch American Idol, have determined the top 10 beer holidays in the United States in 2009, based on sales of cases of beer in the two weeks prior to the Holiday. The results may surprise you a bit.

10. St. Patrick’s Day – Sales: 48.7 million cases

9. Easter – Sales: 50.7 million cases

8. Halloween – Sales: 50.9 million cases

7. Christmas – Sales: 52.8 million cases

6. Thanksgiving – Sales: 52.9 million cases

5. Cinco de Mayo -Sales: 54 million cases

4. Father’s Day – Sales: 57.7 million cases

3. Labor Day – Sales: 60.2 million cases

2. Memorial Day – Sales: 61.0 million cases

1. Fourth of July – Sales: 63.5 million cases

For the record, they don’t count Super Bowl Sunday as a Holiday, but if we were, it would end up in between St. Patrick’s Day and Easter, with 49.2 million cases sold.

Chocolate Stout Milkshake

This is my St. Patrick’s day gift, from me to you. Well, it’s technically not my gift. After all, it does come from the gentlemen who gave us Baked: New Frontiers in Baking. It’s not a difficult recipe by any stretch of the imagination, but it is one of the few recipes that I’ve put on the table in the past year or so that has received an A+ from all.

And as a side question: How awesome is it to put beer in a milkshake?

  • 2 cups chocolate ice cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup Stout beer, chilled
  • 1 Tablespoon powdered malt

Put all ingredients in a blender, and mix until smooth. Serve in a chilled glass.

Serves 2

Interesting St. Patty’s Day Note Interesting Probably Only to Me

Recently I found myself at a local barbecue joint here in Seattle. Yes,yes we have them. Quit your snickering.

At any rate, the smokehouse place in question was advertising a special meat they would be selling for St. Patrick’s day…smoked corned beef.

Which means they’ll be (probably unknowingly) selling the most traditional of the St. Patrick’s day meats – Pastrami.

You may return to your day.

Corned Beef and St. Patrick’s Day

It will probably surprise no one that I consider myself a food traditionalist. I like my Chicago Style Pizza to be deep dish, I believe the best Italian restaurants are in Italy, and I think that one should respect the traditions that surround sushi. Pompous? I’ll begrudgingly cop to that.

That said, if you are planning to cook Corned beef on St. Patrick’s day this Thursday, you’ll be participating in an Irish-American tradition, rather than an Irish one. For St. Patty’s day, the big thing in Ireland is apparently Whiskey Cake, and Corned Beef is typically saved for Sunday dinners.

But what is corned beef? Simply beef that is cured or pickled in brine. The term “corn” originally meant grain, as in a small particle of something, and thus the “corn” in “corned beef” refers to the corns of salt.

If you wish to make your own corned beef, I suggest starting here.