Taste of Ireland in Parramatta for St Patrick's Day

LEPRECHAUNS and green shamrocks filled Sydney streets on the weekend to celebrate the annual St Patrick's Day.

Another part of celebrations includes trying traditional Irish food and drink.

In Parramatta, PJ's Irish Pub is serving up pints of Guinness as well as making their popular Guinness beef pies.

Group operations manager Paul Devine said there is a story behind the creation of Guinness — a rich, dark beer with a creamy head which is the national drink of Ireland.

"In Dublin where Guinness was originally brewed, they used the water from the River Liffey to brew the beer which flows past St James' Gate," Mr Devine said.

He said Guinness was very different to Australian beers.

"Mostly Australian beers are lagers, whereas Guinness is not, because it's a dark beer," he said.

"Guinness is actually a stout."

Not only is there a story behind the beer, but there is a correct way to pour the popular drink.

"It's a dual pour," he said.

"It's poured at a 45 degree angle. It has to settle as it stands.

"When it's poured you will notice that it comes out with a creamy brown texture and that slowly settles into a black."

To compliment the beer, Mr Devine suggests trying a meat dish.

"Guinness can go with most foods," he said.

"It's a heavy beer, so we use it to make the beef and Guinness pie.

"A lot of pies barely use beers. But we use Guinness instead which darkens down the pie itself.

"Steak dishes also go very well with Guinness."

Other entertainment at the pub includes DJ's performing late into the night on both Friday and Saturday and a Pot of Gold Poker Tournament on Sunday.

On Monday, there will be Irish food specials and music.

■ Details: pjsparramatta.com.au.

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