Brewmasters toast St. Patrick’s Day with an oatmeal stout

Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co. photo Almost Guinness

St. Patrick’s Day has transcended land, water, and cultures. It has made its way to Costa Rica. March 17 isn’t just for the neighbors to the North. The green beer and day dedicated to drunken debauchery will be celebrated in the country a-la-Tico.

For those that have looked above and beyond for a dark, Guinness-like beer to get that Irish holiday feeling in the tropics, look no further. The leprechauns heard the cries and located the pot of gold in an oatmeal stout only available in the land of Pura Vida. The beer is the product of the one and only microbrewery in the country, the Costa Rica’s Craft Brewing Co. This is the firm’s seasonal beer designed by their award-winning brewmaster, Christopher Derrick.

The dark brown stout is smooth and easy to drink. It’s not too creamy or thick. And the beer has a distinct coffee-like aroma. There is no other commercially available in the country.

Unfortunately, the stout is only available for a limited time. The brewery only made 60 kegs, at 20 liters a container. That’s approximately 300 gallons of the oatmeal stout.

Last year, stout fans called and complained to Peter Gilman, owner of the microbrewery, because the St. Patrick’s Day beer was unavailable, he said.

There were people who called just to vent at him because they couldn’t get any more stout anywhere, he said. He said he replied with an easy going answer:

“Thank you for the enthusiasm, but we have our two beers already available.”

The microbrewery offers two beers throughout the year, Libertas, the golden ale, and the Segua, a red ale. Gilman did confirm the firm plans to have a third regular beer to come out soon.

Only a few places will offer the stout, as it is only available on tap. And of those places only the following are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a party, according to the microbrewery:

Galileo Hostel

This year for the Irish holiday the Galileo employees will host an early BBQ around 1 p.m. But they said to keep the festivities going as they have a 24-hour bar. There is no cover charge, and the party is open to the public. The hostel is located in La Sabana.

Stan’s Irish Pub

The pub begins the festivities at 8 p.m. The menu will have traditional Irish food with live music and a man playing bagpipe. The pub has permission to stay open for 24 hours, so the party can continue until the sun comes up. There is no cover at the bar. There will be drink specials all night. The pub is located in Zapote.

Timeout Tavern

Located in Escazú, the tavern will host an all-day party. The owners will have Irish music, food, and show the March Madness games all day. According to owner, Steven Graham, they like to party. There is no cover.

Barba Roja

The coast side bar in Manuel Antonio will have Fusion Funk San José perform at the bar for the Irish holiday party. The manager said the party won’t start until later in the evening, but the green beer can be enjoyed over a nice sunset.

There is a 2,000 colon cover charge.

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