Some Craft Beers to Drink Instead of Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day

Some Craft Beers to Drink Instead of Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day

Some St. Patrick’s Day Alternatives

St. Patrick’s Day

As many of you know Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day. Its also the last day to vote in the Conference Round of 16 in our Battle of the Breweries (March Madness) tournament. Its also the day four years ago we were all just going to take a “short break” from our jobs to help flatten the curves….. but thats a rabbit hole we’re not going down today. Instead, we’re going to go down a rabbit hole of craft beers we can try INSTEAD of Guinness.

No green beer here. No Guinness here. Just craft beer alternatives to try out instead of Guiness on St. Patrick’s Day.

Craft Beers to Try Instead of Guinness

Here is a list (some with pictures and text, some just the names of the beers) of craft beers to try this year instead of your typical Guinness Draught or Irish Car Bomb.

Troegs Independent Brewing: Scratch 509

Scratch 509: Irish Dry Stout on Nitro

Just released today (Thursday, March 14th, 2024). This is Scratch 509 by Troegs Independent Brewing.

Its a small (only sixtels in house, not even full kegs) R & D batch on the Troegs Scratch Pilot system.

Not to go, and not sold in cans or bottles, this is draft only in their tasting room. Super limited, so hopefully it will at least make it til St. Patrick’s Day! Its a delicious Nitro Irish Dry Stout in the vein of Guinness.

Its clocking in at just 4.2% ABV so you can easily go back up to the bar for a second… and a third… and a fourth.




Boneshire Brew Works: Grattan Irish Stout

Grattan Irish Stout by Boneshire Brew Works

One of my personal favorites from Boneshire Brew Works (though to be honest, I say that about nearly all of their beers there), this is a perfect replacement for Guinness.

“This stout is traditionally dry and super drinkable. Beware of the Leprechaun while drinking this one.”

Similar to the Scratch 509 above, and similar to Guinness itself, this Dry Irish Stout clocks in at just 4.5% making it easy to drink, leaving you full in taste and flavor, but not full of the ABV or drunk.

Sold in cans to go or at their brewery (where its also on in Nitro) this is easily one of the best ways to replace Guinness, especially this Sunday.




Wallenpaupack Brewing: O’Days

O’Days by Wallenpaupack Brewing

Can’t go wrong with Wallenpaupack Brewing, and their O’Days is a great choice for a Guinness replacement.

Acclamation Brewing: The Pooka

The Pooka by Acclamation Brewing

Acclamation Brewing just moved to their new location (see our article here: ACCLAMATION BREWING MOVING TO NEW LOCATION). So stop by their new spot and grab yourself a pint of The Pooka.

We got to visit Acclamation in 2022 and absolutely had a blast, great service, delicious beers, wonderful can and label artwork. All around great people. So give them a visit!





Stable 12: Murphy’s Law

Murphy’s Law by Stable 12

My grandfather had a saying: “If it can go wrong — it will.” The inspiration for this being the Law of Murphy, or Murphy’s Law. In which: Murphy’s law is an adage or epigram that is typically stated as: “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” In some formulations, it is extended to “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong, and at the worst possible time.” (Wikipedia) I think anyone who has kids, or is a home owner, or has a favorite sports team can attest to this – if something can go wrong – it will. So what better way to relieve the pains of things going horribly awry than with a delicious beer, like “Murphy’s Law” by Stable 12 Brewing Company.




Second Sin Brewing: Double O Stout: Quantum of Stoutness

Second Sin Brewing’s Double O Stout: Quantum of Stoutness

Second Sin Brewing Company is constantly recognized for knocking it out of the park. Or hitting one over the rainbow, and they do it again with their Double O Stout: Quantum of Stoutness. (Gotta love the James Bond reference there too). Clocking in at 4.6% its that perfect spot for Irish Dry Stouts (see Boneshire Brew Work’s Grattan Irish Stout, and Troegs Independent Brewing’s Scratch 509, as well as Guinness itself). Their Untappd description reads: “Double O Stout is our rendition of the Classic Irish Dry Stout style. It pours a pitch black color, with hints of ruby at the edges, and a light khaki head up top. Notes of black coffee, baker’s chocolate, and almost too-well-done toast are pulled together by a tight, dry finish. Sláinte!”






Appalachian Brewing Company: Celtic Knot

ABC’s Celtic Knot

A classic – Appalachian Brewing Company (ABC)’s Celtic Knot is a wonderful choice on St. Patrick’s Day (or any other day for that matter).

Some More Fantastic Beers

Here is a list of some other breweries and their Irish Stouts or Dry Irish Stouts, or even just Irish themed beers that would make a great replacement for Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day this Sunday:

  • ARTiface Ales and Meads: Cunning
  • Back Alley Brewing: MacKINLAY
  • Back Mountain Brewing Company: F**K Green Beer
  • Back Porch Brewing Company: Leprechaun Juice
  • Evil Genius: Magically Delicious
  • Bill’s Best: Seamus
  • Bru Daddy’s: Red Ale Eddy
  • Burghers Brewing: Lobaircin
  • Fegley’s Brew Works: The Boondock Stouts
  • Floating Feathers Brewing Company: King Richard
  • Groove Brewing: Paradorade
  • Groove Brewing and Last Minute Brewing: Scranton Party
  • Hares Hill Brewing Company: Boxing Hare
  • Hemauer Brewing: McFadden
  • Lavery Brewing: Red Paddy
  • Levante Brewing: Infinite Irish
  • Levante Brewing: Green Alligators and Long Neck Geese
  • Locust Lane Brewing: Duffy’s Red Ale
  • Log Tavern Brewing: Irish Red Ale
  • McCallister Brewing Company: Leprechaun Balls
  • McCallister Brewing Company: Shamrock Shake
  • Newtown Brewing Company: I Don’t Got Friends, I Got Family
  • North Country Brewing Company: McCafferty Ale
  • Odd Logic Brewing: Dear Boss
  • Pittsburgh Brewing Company: Extra Dry Pittsburgh Stout
  • Rough Edges Brewing Company: Who’s Your Paddy?
  • Vault Brewing: Gold Option
  • Warwick Farm Brewing: Galway Stout
  • Well Crafted Brewing Company: Irish Potato Blonde Americano
  • Wolf Brewing Co: New Moon (Irish Dry Stout)
  • Yellow Bridges Brewing Company: Less Than Lucky

Check Out Our Article From 2021

For a fun look back, here’s a similar article we did in 2021: Looking for good local stouts or green beer this St. Patty’s Day? (3.17.21)

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