Drink of the Month, March 2014


March is here and if you have ever been to my bar (shameless plug alert), Horseshoe Grille, 226 Main Street, No. Reading, MA – then you know this is the month of our high holy holiday.  ST. PADDY’S DAY!

That being said, I cannot in good conscience feature a foo-foo drink this month.  I am compelled to feature only the most Irish of all liquids!


March is the month of GUINNESS and SMITHWICK’S (pronounced smid-icks, don’t make a fool of yourself in the bar).


Studies claim that Guinness can be good for one’s heart. Researchers found antioxidant compounds in Guinness, similar to those found in certain fruits and veggies, are responsible for the health benefits because they slow down the deposit of harmful cholesterol in the artery walls. As for its effects on the liver – well your priorities are yours and yours alone.


Smithwick’s was founded by John Smithwick in 1710. It was originally brewed in St. Francis Abbey Brewery in Kilkenny,  Ireland’s oldest operating brewery. It sits on the site of a Franciscan Abbey where monks had brewed ale since the 14th century, and ruins of the original abbey still remain on its grounds. (can you say, road trip people?!)


If you are indecisive like me, then have a BLACKSMITH to quench your thirst.  1/2 Guinness + 1/2 Smithwick’s = HEAVEN IN A GLASS!

Xoxo, Amy

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