The only green thing you need in your beer this St. Patrick’s Day is HOPS. Whether you go with a traditional Irish Dry Stout or an Irish Red, try to get an Irish-made variety, or grab one from your favorite local craft brewery. We don’t want to see your green Coors Lites. We don’t want to see your green Bud Lite bottles. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us the RIGHT way!
Colleen N: There are a few things that always bother me around St. Patrick’s Day: the use of four leaf clovers instead of shamrocks, leprechauns everywhere, the misuse of the word “patty,” and most notable to my beer drinking friends… Killians. I guess because it is often seen being poured next to Guinness and Harp people assume that Killians is a product of Ireland. It is NOT! Killians is owned by MillerCoors and is made in Colorado. If you’re looking for a cheap, not particularly good American version of an Irish red style beer, knock yourself out, However, you are NOT drinking Irish beer.
Sonora: I love celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. It’s the first holiday of my favorite season, Spring; and I love attending festivals, parades, and concerts around town. I of course love celebrating with a pint of Guinness, but I do like to mix it up. One of my favorite styles to enjoy in March is the Irish Red. Irish Reds have a delicious bite while also being warm and sweet. My two favorites this time of year are Great Lakes Conway’s Irish Ale and Flying Dog Lucky SOB.
Sadly these craft reds aren’t always to be found at large St. Patrick’s Day festivals, including my annual favorite, Shamrock Fest. However, there was still excellent beer to be had. In addition to Guinness Stout, I adore their Harp Lager for something light and crisp. Sam Adams also made an appearance at the festival this year – appropriate, since Dropkick Murphys were there as well. Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!