Mar 16, 2021 - News
How to drink local beer in Denver for St. Patrick's Day
Photo courtesy of Left Hand Brewing

For the love of the Irish, skip the green beer this year — and the imports like Guinness, too.

Drink smart: Colorado breweries and beer shops offer plenty of great red ales and stouts to mark St. Patrick's Day on Wednesday.

  • The old-school red ale is actually making a return to popularity right now as a malty alternative to the IPA craze.

Reality check: Irish beer styles differ quite a bit from their American counterparts, which are typically hoppier and sweeter.

Beer lover's picks: Here's a few local options for St. Patrick's Day.

  • Platt Park Brewing's Astronaut Amber: One of the few Irish-style red ales on tap year-round.
  • Elevation Beer Co.'s Monarch Throwback: A special release red ale that hits all the right notes.
  • Left Hand Brewing's Milk Stout Nitro: Far from the Irish style, but a great beer in a shamrock can.

My thought bubble: Pouring a nitro beer into a glass (even if it's Guinness) is one of the most beautiful sights in the world. The chemistry of the cascading bubbles is like a beer ballet. Sláinte!

This story first appeared in the Axios Denver newsletter, designed to help readers get smarter, faster on the most consequential news unfolding in their own backyard.

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