The “luck of the Irish” is apparently in every bottle of Flying Dog’s Lucky SOB beer—by way of four-leaf clovers. It can be considered the most “lucky” beer brewed today due to Irish weed. Lucky SOB’s “Irish” credibility isn’t just given by it’s ingredients but also by it’s history; it was birthed for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in 2012.
Flying Dog’s Lucky SOB is an Irish Red Ale, said to be “a copper-colored ale that smells of caramel and brown bread.” If you’re into a sweet body and sour cherry, the drink may also be for you. It’s body is said to be “…on the sweet side, as is typical of the style, with earthy malts, a bit of sour cherry and spicy hops right at the end.”
Can the four-leaf clovers be thought of as making the beer a novelty? Of course, but the beer continues to be popular because of its taste—not just the clever marketing. Is it even safe to drink beer with four-leaf clovers as an ingredient? Yes, according to the FDA.
As reported by the Washington Post, “when Flying Dog submitted the new beer to the FDA, the brewery was told that four-leaf clovers aren’t ‘generally accepted as safe’ for use in food and beverage manufacture. So Flying Dog had to find more four-leaf clovers from the same field and submit them to the FDA for analysis, to make sure they were free of pesticides or other chemicals and explain how the plants were used in the brewing process.”
Next time you go to the bar, don’t just order any random drink; order Flying Dog’s Lucky SOB Irish Red Ale and enjoy some legal “Irish weed.”