5 Better Options to Drink on St. Patrick’s Day

So here’s the thing: I know Guinness and green light beer are cheaper than cheap for St. Patrick’s Day, but you can do better. There are thousands upon thousands of other stouts out there waiting for you, and don’t forget about those Irish Red Ales! The only green thing you need in your beer is the hops, so grab a better beer option and truly enjoy the day.

Left Hand Milk Stout

I know, it’s not an Irish Dry Stout, but it’s delicious. Left Hand Milk Stout is the industry standard milk stout if you ask me, and when poured on nitro, it’s heaven in a glass. I love doing the nitro bottle hard pour from the bottle, and I will definitely be grabbing a few of these for St. Paddy’s Day. This beer pairs perfectly with all of your parade day shenanigans, especially milk stout mustache selfies.

Great Lakes Conway’s Irish Ale

Gotta love an Irish Red to celebrate the day. Conway’s Irish Ale was named after the co-owner of Great Lakes’ grandfather, so toast to him. Expect biscuit malt flavors and little to no “hoppiness” in a way-too-easy-to-drink 6.5% format. You’ll find this readily available in bottles and on tap. This beer pairs perfectly with all the corned beef and cabbage you can take.

Appalachian Brewing Co. Celtic Knot

I’ve been drinking this beer basically since the moment I turned 21. It’s one of the best beers that you can get at ABC and is only available this time of year. You’ll get caramel malt flavor up front that lingers throughout followed by a short floral hopped finish. It’s crisp and easy to drink at 4.8% ABV. This beer pairs perfectly with curly-haired Irish dancers.

Victory Donnybrook Stout

For the traditionalist, Donnybrook is an Irish Dry Stout and only 3.7% ABV, the way it was meant to be. This beer is incredibly clean and has distinct roasted malt flavor mingled with a bit of earthy hop bitterness. This beer pairs perfectly with that drunk guy in the corner who’s been singing along with the Irish drinking songs since 8 am.

Wyndridge Farm Crafty Hopped Cider

Fun fact: for my 21st birthday I went to NYC for the first time ever, and upon walking into the bar, where I could drink anything I wanted, I had no idea what to do. I remember the bartender saying, would you like to try a cider, and drinking Magner’s cider for about two weeks after that, unsure of what else to do at the bar. Magner’s is great, but I now prefer Wyndridge’s Hopped Cider. I tend to try to stay away from overly sweet ciders and was delighted to find a crisp dryness to the Hopped Cider. So, if you prefer a cider drink over a whiskey drink or a lager drink on St. Patrick’s Day, this is the one for you.

Editor’s Note: Or, layer your cider WITH your stout — Yum! 

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