3 Ways to Drink Local on St. Patrick’s Day

Carrickfergus BrickHouse

This St. Patrick’s Day, pass on green beer and drink local.

St Patrick’s Day usually means a few things for Long Islanders: corned beef and cabbage, green bagels, parades and, of course, beer. Instead of falling back on your go-to brew, give these Irish inspired locals a try in the saint’s honor.

Carrickfergus Cream Ale by BrickHouse Brewery: A rich cream ale, Carrickfergus is an annual offering aged in oak whiskey barrels. The beer is poured on nitro, so its mouth feel is smooth while the flavor is rich with notes of vanilla and spice. Try it on tap at BrickHouse Brewery in Patchogue for a limited time.

Arrowhead Irish Red Ale by Montauk Brewing Company: If driving to the East End isn’t part of your St. Patrick’s Day plan don’t worry, Montauk Red Ale is available in cans across the island. The Irish style beer is easy drinking and balanced, with a hint of malty sweetness and caramel flavor. Plus, at 5% ABV,  it’s even more sessionable.

Breakfast Stout by Long Ireland Beer Company: Of course no Long Island St. Patrick’s Day list would be complete without a nod to Long Ireland. Though several of their beers are fitting for the season, our pick is the always-popular Breakfast Stout. It clocks in at just 3.5% ABV, lower than most light beers, but the flavor is on the opposite end of the spectrum. A rich, slightly sweet milk stout is blended with coffee—bringing together two of our favorite beverages.