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 sixth annual St. Patrick’s Day Flip Cup Tournament on Saturday, March 15. They’ll also be serving up some special St. Paddy’s Day pub grub this year, including Irish stew, cabbage and mashies and beer bread.

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


The Brew on Broadway | Englewood, CO

The Brew on Broadway | Englewood, CO
For the BoB, it’s all about the beer. The celebration begins on Friday, March 14, with the release of The Griffin Ryerish Red Ale. To show their dedication to the celebration, the brewery will be open on Monday for festivities—a day it is normally closed. Now that’s commitment! The BoB invites craft drinkers to celebrate with open arms and open doors.


BrickHouse Brewery | Patchogue, NY

BrickHouse Brewery | Patchogue, NY
BrickHouse will serve a full Irish menu for the day, with everything from bangers and mash to green eggs and ham, shepherd’s pie, Irish stew and even Lucky Charms. They’ll be hosting live entertainment with folk and pop Irish music.

BrickHouse plans to share their Nitro Boom Stout (a classic Irish-style stout on nitro), and a double cream ale aged on whiskey oak brewed just for the occasion (also to be served on nitro).


Fort Street Brewery | Lincoln Park, MIFort Street Brewery | Lincoln Park, MI

In celebration of tradition, Fort Street always prepares multiple new stout styles for St. Paddy’s Day. This year, they’ll have a 100 percent millet stout, a stout made with cottonwood-smoked barley, a stout made with malted sunflower seeds and a rye stout.

Cheers to variety this St. Patrick’s Day!


Hardywood Park Craft Brewery | Richmond, VA

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery | Richmond, VA
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery plans to have live music, plenty of beer offerings and Irish-themed everything. Most importantly, they will release their annual Irish Nitro Stout on St. Patrick’s Day. This special dry Irish stout weighs in at 4 percent ABV and has big roasted barley notes and hints of cocoa and coffee.

Hardywood is also hosting an event at Keagan’s Irish Pub, where they will be tapping a cask-conditioned pin of their Dry Irish Stout. Hardywood plans to make this St. Patrick’s Day absolutely delicious!


Left Hand Brewing Company | Longmont, CO

Left Hand Brewing Company |Longmont, CO
Left 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. At the brewery, St. Patrick’s Day weekend will feature live music, free food, and a contest to see who can pour the best pint of Milk Stout.


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 March 13, PPBC will host an Irish sing-along. They plan to dedicate half of their taps to Irish-style beers, including their own Irish Red Ale (which was a collaboration with Old Chicago).

On March 14, PPBC will host their annual Leprechaun Lookalike Contest, and on March 15, they will host 4 Miles for Kenya, a run benefitting the Harambee Foundation. After the race will be a whole day of Irish fun including a breakfast buffet, bagpipers, dancers and music.


Rogue Ales | Oregon

Rogue Ales | Oregon
Rogue asks craft drinkers to seek out American craft beer this St. Paddy’s Day with their Irish Style Lager. They believe it is the beer to celebrate with because it was made specifically for the holiday.

A true Irish lager in fashion, it is a refreshing alternative to the usual dark stouts associated with the day. Rogue brewmaster John Maier worked to create the perfect lager atop which to float a certain popular nitro stout—and the fact that it works so perfectly has nothing to do with luck. The Irish lager is available now on draft and in 22oz bottles.


SanTan Brewing Company | Chandler, AZ

SanTan Brewing Company | Chandler, AZ
SanTan will have a special menu, complete with beer pairings, to celebrate St. Paddy’s this year. Offerings include corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, and spring lamb stew. The stew is paired with Godro Stout, a classic dry Irish stout brewed with coffee and injected with nitro — SanTan’s official St. Patrick’s Day brew.


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!


tiffanyTiffany Lutke (@TiffanyLutke) is the current 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.

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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