Not content to throw one of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Atlanta, every year Fadó Irish Pub in Buckhead puts together a week of fun leading up to its rollicking street festival.
Of course, proper pints are a big part of the “session on” celebrations. March 11 at 7 p.m., the Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale launch party at Fadó Atlanta is a chance to get an early taste of the newest draft beer from Ireland, with samples and “swag” giveaways throughout the evening.
Brewed by Guinness and served on nitrogen, Kilkenny has the proud, creamy head and smooth mouth feel that Guinness Stout draft lovers crave. Except for the nitro boost, Kilkenny is nearly identical to another Guinness product, Smithwick’s Irish Red Ale, with a lovely ruby-glow color, mild caramel flavor, and a hint of that classic Guinness hop bitterness in the finish.
Kilkenny isn’t a beer geek sort of pint. But at 4.5% alcohol by volume, it’s a good session alternative to Guinness. And it’s a surprisingly versatile companion for all kinds of pub grub.
During a recent visit to Fado, Kilkenny made a fine match for Smithwick’s-marinated mini-burgers, topped with pickles, crispy fried onions, and house-made pimento cheese, and served with a side of shoestring fries.
More highlights of what might be called “holy week” at Fadó Atlanta include: March 13 Party After the Atlanta St. Patrick’s parade; March 16 Pour Your Own Pint night, when brave revelers get to challenge the pouring perfection of Fadó bartenders; and, of course, March 17, when the St. Patrick’s party begins at 6 a.m. with a full Irish breakfast and goes until the wee hours of the next morning. Check out all the details: fadoirishpub.com
Also of note, Fadó Atlanta has Duvel Green (see this week’s Beer Pick) on draft right now, serving a very nice pour in the proper glassware.