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Beers for St. Patrick's Day

Wednesday - 3/16/2011, 11:47am  ET

Of course, the number one of choice beer on Saint Patrick's Day is the national beverage of Ireland, Guinness Stout. As legend has it, Arthur Price, the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Cashel, bequeathed his godson, Arthur Guinness, £100 and the secret family recipe for stout ale. Guinness Draft - many pubs will be pouring a plethora of pints. Make sure to let it set until all of the bubbles have risen to form a quarter inch creamy head. One of my favorite Irish beers is Harp Lager -- a smooth and lighter-styled beer than the darker stouts. It has a beautiful dark gold color and the super clean finish makes this beer easy to drink - which is fun to do on St. Patty's day.If you're in the mood for an Ale (as opposed to a lager or a stout) - try an Irish favorite, Smithwick's Irish Ale. If you want to celebrate the American side of Irish-American, then drink a domestic beer with an Irish lilt. The Samuel Adams Irish Red is remarkably balanced beer.