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Guinness and Jameson have always been the gold standard for St. Patrick's Day celebrations. But with so many great beers and cocktails out there, why not swap that Guinness for a roasty American craft stout or mix up an Irish whiskey-based cocktail instead? If you're looking for something a little different to sip this St. Patrick's Day, take a look at some of our favorite alternatives:
Bell's Special Double Cream Stout is just as smooth and full bodied as Guinness but has a complex, toasty character that keeps it exciting pint after pint. Notes of coffee and bitter chocolate give this beer a slight sweetness that makes it perfect for daytime drinking.
Instead of drinking your whiskey straight, try mixing it into an Irish Ale Cocktail. A whiskey-based take on a Moscow Mule, this combination of whiskey, ginger beer and lime is light and refreshing with just a hint of spice.
If Guinness is a little heavy for your taste, try out Conway's Irish Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Company. This Irish-style red ale is medium-bodied with a citrus quality and slight bitterness, making it very drinkable.
For a retro take on St. Patrick's Day's preferred tipple, check out The Emerald. Replacing bourbon with Irish whiskey and mixing it up with vermouth and orange bitters, The Emerald keeps it much classier, than say, a plastic cup of green beer.
Inky dark and pleasantly smoky, Left Hand Brewing's Milk Stout is all chocolate and coffee flavors -- imagine a cafe mocha in beer form. This stout's caramel sweetness makes it a great match for salty St. Pat's staples like corned beef and cabbage.
The Fall from Grace might not be typical St. Patrick's Day drinking, but we love the combination of Irish whiskey with herbal Cynar (an Italian aperitif), Zwack (an herbal liquor from Hungary), Lillet Rouge and rhubarb bitters.