Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with American Craft Beer!

By Tiffany Lutke

With all the exciting events and festivities going on this St. Patrick’s Day, the American craft beer culture is not taking the celebration lightly. There are plenty of options for Irish-style beers and Irish-inspired events hosted by craft breweries across the U.S.

We asked Brewers Association member breweries to share with us how they’re celebrating this year and why we should join them by choosing local, American craft beer. Here’s what they had to say:


Bold City Brewery | Jacksonville, FLBold City Brewery | Jacksonville, FL

Bold City will be hosting their annual St. Patrick’s Day Flip Cup Tournament on Thursday, March 17. The winning team will receive bragging rights for an entire year and special Bold City Brewery prizes! They’ll also be serving up some special St. Paddy’s Day pub grub.

There will be plenty of beer offerings to celebrate with, like their 1901 Red Ale and Roxy’s Imperial Cream Ale.


Chuckanut Brewery | Bellingham, WAChuckanut Brewery and Kitchen | Bellingham, WA

Chuchanut takes their St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations very seriously!

  • March 11: Special Irish Stout tapping at 5 pm with Chuckanut brewers
  • March 12: Live Irish Music with Skellig 7 pm
  • March 17 Live Celtic Music with Puirt Na Gael 6:30 pm

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery | Richmond, VA

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery | Richmond, VAHardywood Park Craft Brewery will be hosting their first annual Shamrock Run RVA (and Lucky Leprechaun Kids Run) on Sunday, March 13. The 5K will start and end at the brewery which will be hosting food trucks and celebrating with St. Patty’s Day surprises and activities including a runner’s costume contest.


Left Hand Brewing Company | Longmont, CO

Left Hand Brewing Company |Longmont, COLeft Hand encourages craft beer drinkers to celebrate with their Milk Stout Nitro this St. Patrick’s Day, proclaiming this beer is meant for the occasion. It cascades beautifully from the bottle, giving it a thick head like whipped cream.

With the “hard pour” nitrogen bottle, you can still experience draft quality, even if you can’t find it on tap in your area. Left Hand will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Party at the Tavern at St. Michael’s in Greeley on March 17 featuring bag pipers and Highland dancers.


Pikes Peak Brewing Company | Monument, CO

Pikes Peak Brewing Company | Monument, CO
Pikes Peak has adopted St. Patrick’s Day as their house holiday. They always celebrate the holiday for several days, and this year is no different.

Starting on Friday, March 11, PPBC will host an Irish sing-along and leprechaun look-alike contest as they pour Paddy O’Peak Irish Stout and Shannon’s Irish Red.

On March 12, the brewery will host Irish bands and dancers throughout the day with a special menu with traditional foods like smoked corned beef, bangers, cabbage and carrots and bread pudding.


Short’s Brewing Company |Bellaire, MIShort’s Brewing Company | Bellaire, MI

Short’s is celebrating the Irish in all of us by throwing an Irish weekend from March 14-16. They’re introducing a new beer called Moher Export Irish Imperial Stout, and will also have Uncle Steve’s Irish Stout on nitro and Short’s Irish Red on tap.

Irish-inspired food and live music will be served up both nights, as Short’s fuses tradition with outrageousness this St. Paddy’s Day.

With all the exciting events and festivities planned for this St. Patrick’s Day, there is no shortage of craft beer to celebrate with. What American craft-brewed beer will you be sipping on this St. Paddy’s Day? Sláinte!

Tiffany Lutke is a former Craft Beer Program intern at the Brewers Association. She spent her days as a kid in the small craft brewery her father owned on the east coast, which led to her love for small and independent breweries. When she’s not pouring beer at Upslope Brewing Company taproom in Boulder, she’s sharing pints with old friends at her favorite beer bars like The Mayor of Old Town in Fort Collins, Colo.

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