Smithwicks is a well-established (since 1710) Irish beer. It has a pale gold tone with a stable, if not a bit thin, head. Its texture is smooth and refined, with a bitter and complex finish. It is brought to you from the same brewing genius that has produced such Irish favorites as Guinness and Beamish stout. Although it is quite worthy of mention that the recipe for Smithwicks has been in production for longer than the Legendary Guinness stout itself.
Smithwicks is often regarded as the 'local favourite' amongst Irish pubgoers, and has long been one of the best-kept secrets of the emerald isle. Recently, however, keen distributors have been catching wind of this legend, and have smartly begun importing batches of this brew to the United States.
Asking for it by name in your local beverage store might yield a few raised eyebrows, but its most likely due to the fact that you're pronouncing the name incorrectly. Unknown to most Americans and other tourists, the 'W' is silent. It is generally pronounced as 'Smithicks' or 'Smitticks', depending on the area you're in (mostly due to differing accent and dialects of the Irish).