Craft Beers to Enjoy on St. Patrick’s Day


By now you should be dusting off your “Kiss Me I’m Irish” T-shirt and prepping the corned beef and cabbage to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17. Even if your Irish heritage is a bit contrived, no one asks questions as long as you’re wearing green.

Although not an official holiday anywhere in the U.S., there are hundreds of parades across the country. According to Niche in “Best Cities to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day,” the cities below are the 10 best places to celebrate.

10 Great St. Patrick’s Day Cities

  1. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  2. Boston, Massachusetts
  3. Davenport, Iowa
  4. Buffalo, New York
  5. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  6. Savannah, Georgia
  7. Kansas City, Missouri
  8. Cleveland, Ohio
  9. St. Louis, Missouri
  10. Chicago, Illinois

No matter where you might be on St. Patrick’s Day, there are craft brewers across the country celebrating with special beers brewed just for the occasion. We’ve put together a pretty good list (there are hundreds of others out there) to help you find great beers to enjoy on March 17.

Unfortunately we didn’t get the chance to sample these delicious-sounding beers, but check out what each of the breweries below had to say about their Irish-inspired creations.

Craft Beers to Enjoy on St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Irish Ale | CB’s Brewing Company
Honeoye Falls, New York

This is an Irish red ale with malty flavor and a nice, light hop flavor and aroma. Brewed with pale and crystal malts and Fuggle and Kent Golding hops.

Availability: 12oz. 6-packs and on draught throughout Central, Western and the Southern Tier of New York State. Also available in the brewery tasting room in 6-packs and growlers, and at The Pint and Goblet Pub, attached to our tasting room.

stpatsCIRCLENIGHTLIGHT Irish Stout | Circle Brewing Company
Austin, Texas

Nightlight is a full-flavored beer that expertly balances richness with lightness in body to create a different type of stout. This dry Irish stout may look intimidating, but after one sip, you know what’s up. Representing a wide spectrum of roasted and oaky flavors, this not-too-bitter brew engages all the right senses, but leaves you with the stomach for a second round.

Availability: Select Austin retailers and bars.

McLuhr’s Irish Stout | Dillon Dam Brewery
Dillon, Colorado

An Irish-style stout brewed with caramel and black malts. Slightly dry, yet smooth and malty sweet, this draught is dispensed with a blend of nitrogen and carbon dioxide to create a velvety mouth-feel and creamy head.

Lucky SOB Irish Red | Flying Dog Brewery
stpatsFLYINGDOGFrederick, Maryland

Brewed with real four-leaf clovers, Lucky SOB brings the luck of the Irish to those who drink it. With a rich amber color, it has a toasted, honey-sweet malt flavor balanced with a subtle hop bite.

Conway’s Irish Ale | Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Cleveland, Ohio

We pay homage to Patrick Conway, grandfather of co-owners Patrick and Daniel, and a Cleveland policeman who directed traffic near the Brewery for nearly 25 years. And to all of the hometown heroes who make our city great, we toast with this sweet, roasty brew that pairs best with a well-deserved hot meal after a hard day’s work.

Dragoons Dry Irish Stout | Moylan’s Brewery & Restaurant
Novato, California

Dry, roasty and incredibly rich in flavor, Dragoons Dry Irish Stout is made with a unique blend of imported hops and malted barley from the United Kingdom. This award winning Stout is brewed in the Irish tradition to commemorate General Stephen Moylan, Irish-born commander of the 4th Continental Dragoons during the American Revolutionary War.

St. Stephen’s Green | Mystery Brewing Company 
Hillsborough, North Carolina

A classic Dry Irish Stout — dry, roasty, and refreshing, with notes of bitter chocolate and espresso supported by a light sour tang and a light play of British hops.

Patty’s Irish-Style Cream Ale | Rohrbach Brewing Company
Rochester, New York

Rohrbach’s creative interpretation of an Irish cream ale, this beer is smooth and balanced. Patty’s Irish-style Cream Ale is brewed with malted wheat, honey malt and aromatic malt from Europe, along with authentic English-style hops. Medium-bodied, creamy and semi-sweet, this cream ale is refreshing pint after pint.

stpatsSHORTSUncle Steve’s Irish Stout | Short’s Brewing Company
Bellaire, Michigan

Uncle Steve’s is Short’s version of the classic Irish stout, complete with a dark color, soft head, and smooth full flavor typical of this lighter-bodied style. A simple grist formula provides a base of roasted malt flavors while the infusion of nitrogen adds the creamy drinkability everyone loves.

Availability: Throughout Michigan.

Sprecher Redhead Ale | Sprecher Brewing Company
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

stpatsSPRECHERLike a mythical seductress, Redhead Ale will captivate all your senses. This eminently quaffable red ale introduces itself with citrus and pine hops greeting the nose followed by grapefruit notes that playfully dance with the smooth malt background.

Mother’s Milk Irish Stout | St. Elias Brewing Company
Soldotna, Alaska

This Irish-style Stout’s dark, smooth chocolate flavors blend with hints of earthy English hop notes. Brewed with pale, roasted barley, flaked barley and hopped with traditional English Goldings.

Hoggetowne Irish Red | Swamp Head Brewery
Gainesville, Florida

stpatsHOGGTOWNEHoggetowne Irish Red is a traditional Irish ale brewed with the finest English malts and hops. This beer was developed through a collaboration with the Hogtown Brewers, Gainesville’s American Homebrewers Association-recognized homebrew club.

Meghan Storey has been lucky enough to work in the world of craft beer since graduating from the University of Mississippi. Now living in Nashville, TN, with her big yellow dog Wally, she loves introducing friends to new craft beer and food pairings. Since beginning work on she can be found adding beer to just about everything she cooks.

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