Saint Patrick's Day is right around the corner. As usual, it'll be kicked off with loads of shamrock's, green clothing, pinches and wee leprechauns hiding in the corners. For most American's, Saint Patrick's Day is a day of excess, of boiled cabbage and lots, and lots of beer. However, if you're about to drop some green food coloring in a pitcher of Michelob or Bud, it's time to rethink the way that you celebrate the holiday. This doesn't need to be a huge change, but you should certainly take a look at some other beers.
Smithwick's: If you like ale, then this amber colored Irish beauty is the thing for you. You'll find it is crisp and refreshing, but also offers far more taste than many others out there. It also offers a lovely malt flavor. Other red ales that you might enjoy include Macardles and Rebel Red, as well as Maguire Rusty. Put the Killian's down, though, as it's actually brewed by Coors.
Harp: For those who prefer something lighter, Harp is the way to go. Again, it is clean and crisp, but still manages to provide more taste than the watered down mass-produced American yellow fizzy stuff that is best served ice cold to numb the taste buds.
Guinness: If you try no other beer this Saint Patrick's Day, hoist a pint of Guinness. If you have been put off by the stout's color, don't let that fool you. It's just a darker roast. If you are worried that the beer is thick or "chewy," don't be. That misconception is easily debased with a single sip of this smooth, flavorful brew.
There are many other Irish stouts out there too, though. You might prefer a pint of Murphy's, or even Beamish. Stout has long been the favorite alcoholic beverage of the Irish, though lager has replaced it in recent years. Still, if you are trying to embrace your inner Irish, there are few better ways than with a creamy stout.
Craft Beers: If you're lucky enough to have a connection to the Irish craft beer scene, you'll find a ton of other options out there. Franciscan Well, Porterhouse and Carlow Brewing Company all make excellent brews that can help you get into the spirit of the day. Of course, there are plenty of excellent American craft beers that hearken back to Irish roots – you'll find a tremendous list of stouts, oatmeal stouts, red ales and more.