99 Bottles

Smithwick's Irish Ale

Made in Ireland's oldest operating brewery, this red ale, which can be found in most U.S. bars, had a dark tan color, a light coffee taste with a smooth finish. Word to the wise: When you order this ale at a bar, don't pronounce the "w" in "Smithwi."

Guniness Draught

As the pretentious recess editor pointed out, this beer is for the pompous who merely like to say they drink Guinesss. If that's the case, we're happy to call ourselves pompous. This hoppy draught with a coffee and dark chocolate taste was one of our favorites. For good reaon-it's the most-recognized Irish beer in America.

Guiness Extra Stout

Sipping the Extra Stout made us want to throw out the rest of the six pack. This earthy stout was too much for our static American tastes. Not only did the roasted barley malt put some hair on our chests, its after-taste will be lingering in the back of our throats until Easter.

Harp Lager

Unlike the heavier draughts and stouts, this lager was a plain and light-flavored beer. Because we could each probably down 12 Harps in a night, this beer won our Bud Light drinkability award.

Murphy's Stout

As one staffer said, drinking this draught style stout was like devouring dark chocolate pudding. The group's favorite, it was lighter than the Guiness double stout but still retained a full body. And the finish was not overpowering.

Beamish Stout

Unfortunately, we didn't save the best for last. This creamy draught style stout was a bit too bitter and the after-taste didn't have much flavor. Although a mainstay in Irish pubs, we doubt we'll ever drink this beer in the office again.


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