Food Showdown: Battle of the St. Paddy's Day Brews!


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Top o' the morning to ya and Happy St. Patrick's Day! Even if you're not of Irish descent, there are many ways you can still get into the spirit of this fun, heritage-based holiday. You could deck yourself out in green from head to toe, or blast Irish music and jig around your house while you do chores. Or, you could enjoy a frosty mug of Irish beer, green food coloring optional. If you do choose to indulge in a festive drink tonight, which Irish brew will set you back the least amount of calories: a Guinness Draught stout or a Killian's Irish Red lager?
The Winner: Guinness Draught!

Don't be fooled by its dark color and rich flavor: Guinness is your lucky charm in this round! 12 ounces of this stout beer will only cost you 125 calories, whereas 12 ounces of Killian's clocks in at 163 calories. As a bonus, Guinness has a full-bodied, bittersweet taste, which means you'll probably be satisfied with less. If stouts aren't your cup o' tea, stick with light beers and stay away from the oversized pints. Sip slowly and enjoy the flavor and the festivities-- Erin Go Bragh!  

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  • 19
    Love both, but prefer Guinness. My honey brought home Killians as a surprise tonight- ironically about 5 minutes after I read this article. He was all happy to have brought a surprise that was on sale... cheers! - 3/17/2015   7:11:09 PM
  • 18
    I love Killian's but don't indulge in it much anymore.
    - 3/22/2012   6:04:37 AM
  • 17
    Be careful, the little 11-oz bottles (usually sold outside of the US) have a higher alcohol content and more calories.
    / The ABV is 7.5% as opposed to the more common 4.2%, so you'll notice the difference! - 3/20/2012   10:53:42 AM
  • 16
    I had one 11-oz. bottle of Guinness yesterday. Seeing this article today pleases me. I do love a good Guinness! :-D - 3/18/2012   2:18:01 PM
  • 15
    I actually did know that stouts tend to have lower calorie counts but I hate hate hate them. They're just not the beer for me. And honestly, if I'm going to choose to have a beer, 163 vs 125 calories is not a very big difference. I'd take the beer I LIKE drinking, enjoy my splurge, and not worry about a 38 calorie difference. - 3/18/2012   11:35:29 AM
  • 14
    I don't drink beer, but Guinness is my husband's favorite. - 3/18/2012   11:23:15 AM
  • 13
    GUINNESS was the lady's drink in my youth. I was raised by my Gran and she drank it once in a while because STOUT as it was called had so many good things in it-according to her. I guess old wives tales are often right on. When she drank some she always gave me some in a tall glass of "Lemonade" like Sprite here in the US and she called it my "SHANDY"
    DH and I still buy it, I still have a shandy if someone cames to call they usually bring a 6 pack. It has to be EXTRA -we all agree the taste is FAR better than the wimpy draught. There are recipes using GUINNESS and it has to be EXTRA,
    March 17th is St PATRICK'S day. His name was "PADRAIG" so it is PADDY"S day not Patty's day it's not a burgher for crying out loud.
    A PADDY is an Irish man. Pat in Maine and I am English but we all love Guinness.
    like my Gran told me. "GUINNESS is GOOD FOR YOU" especially on PADDY"S day, just do not make it green, only the wimpy draught will change colour not the real STOUT --EXTRA !!!!!! - 3/18/2012   9:22:58 AM
    I couldn't agree more with ANNEV2012: there's no such thing as 'St Patty's Day': it sounds like a Hollywood starlet. - 3/18/2012   5:54:57 AM
  • 11
    Don't do alcohol, but my Irish Creme latte was a nice way to start the day. :-) - 3/18/2012   3:47:08 AM
  • 123ELAINE456
    Happy St Patricks Day I do not have any beer here so won't have a drink today. Enjoy yours. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. - 3/18/2012   3:27:28 AM
  • 9
    Well that is a surprise to me. I don't drink a whole lot and beer isn't on my favorite list so I won't waste calories that way. Happy St. Patty's anyway. - 3/17/2012   5:06:23 PM
  • 8
    I don't drink beer. I am a sweet cocktail type of gal. So enjoy a safe St Patrick's Day! - 3/17/2012   3:38:05 PM
  • 7
    Unfortunately, the hefty brews I like (usually Southern Tier Mokah or Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA) are meals by themselves. - 3/17/2012   2:21:37 PM
  • 6
    I may decide to treat myself to a Black and Tan today. Get your green on. Happy St Patrick's Day. - 3/17/2012   12:56:54 PM
  • 5
    Go figure!! It works for me since Guinness Stout happens to be my favorite beer!!! - 3/17/2012   11:14:46 AM
  • 4
    Just like to point out: Irish Red lager is a style of beer, it doesn't mean it was brewed in Ireland. Killian's is actually owned by an American company.

    Personally, I'll be enjoying Irish cider and whiskey! - 3/17/2012   10:32:36 AM
  • 3
    I am surprised at the relatively low calorie count on Guinness Draught. Still, I would rather enjoy a small amount of a good beer like the Guinness than have lots of a watered down pale imitation beer. - 3/17/2012   10:17:05 AM
  • JGRAY76
    I like this beer so it's good to know it has fewer calories. - 3/17/2012   10:09:27 AM

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