Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat, Belgium
On draft at metro beer bars (prices vary)
Profile: Not exactly your usual St. Patrick’s Day pint of plain, Duvel Green is nonetheless one of the most refreshing “green” beers you could grab to toast the traditional Irish holiday with a hearty slàinte.
It’s sort of the gentler, less complicated little brother of the lively Duvel Belgian Golden Ale. And though it uses the same ingredients as the Golden, including Saaz and Styrian Golding hops,
Green is brewed exclusively to be poured on draft. It doesn’t go through a secondary fermentation and it’s lower in alcohol. In general, the hoppiness and carbonation are less pronounced. But it retains an elegant white head, beautiful pale golden color, and clean, slightly fruity flavor, with a smooth dry finish that recalls a great pilsner.
Pair with: Duvel Green would make a fine match for a variety of hors d’oeuvres, especially shrimp, oysters or clams. And it would pair well with fish, chicken or pork dishes.