This lucky year, St. Patrick's Day falls on the weekend, and only the Super Bowl is a better excuse for devoting your Sunday to some serious day-drinking. While Guinness is the obvious choice for a brew to spend your day with, why not try some craft beers this year instead?
There are a few things to look for in a St. Patty's day beer. A sessionable brew -- one that is both light enough in body to not fill you up and low enough in alcohol to not knock you over -- that you can raise a few pints of is a good idea. And because the day is ostensibly about celebrating Irish culture, why not stick to historically appropriate beer styles?
Guinness is the archetypal dry Irish stout, and there are plenty of craft options that can offer the similar roasted flavors and drinkability.
Moylans Brewery in Navato makes Dragoons Stout -- a slightly richer example of the style.
A local option would be Beachwood BBQ and Brewing's Bulldog Irish Stout. Bulldog should be on nitrogen taps -- like Guinness -- around town for the holiday, and the nitro imbues the beer with a creamy texture and the thick head of cascading bubbles that Guinness is known for.