16 Mar Skip The Green Bud Light. Drink At These Indiana Breweries On St. Patrick’s Day Instead
It’s almost here, the best day of the year where we don our green garb and show out for dyed beers, colored rivers, blaring bagpipes and all-you-can-eat potatoes and corned beef.
That’s right – tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, the one day a year where “everyone’s Irish!” (Please don’t say this. Just be proud of who you are.) If you’re like me, you love drinking beers outside in the cool spring weather, listening to the Pogues and The Men They Couldn’t Hang, and stuffing your face with traditional Irish fare.
If you’re like me, you’ve also not willingly touched a Bud, Miller, or Coors in a long time. We’re craft drinkers through and through, so when handed a green-dyed Bud Light pitcher at 9:00 AM on March 17th, we’d obviously rather be elsewhere.
Thankfully, there are breweries across Indiana making amazing Irish, Scottish and British beers that would serve for much better drinking than an emerald-hued fuzzy water drink. Here’s where to get your fill on St. Patrick’s Day beers tomorrow.
Grand Junction Brewing Co. (Westfield) – Westfield is the not “one stoplight” town it used to be, and Grand Junction is not just your average brewpub. Brewery owner Jon Knight was born in the UK and routinely visits his stomping groots, keeping the ties between his home and his brewery alive. Brewers Shawn Kessel and Spencer Mason echo those ties with their traditional English and Irish beers, like the Mulligan Strong Scotch Ale (which you can find in cans soon), Squirrel Stampede English Nut Brown Ale, and Hop the Atlantic, a collaboration IPA brewed between Grand Junction and Wes Martin of Great Fermentations. Come for the beer and festivities, stay for some of the best fish and chips around.
Danny Boy Beer Works/Brockway Public House (Carmel) – Danny Boy and Brockway founder and owner Kevin “KP” Paul grew up in an Irish neighborhood in Detroit, where he fell in love with beer watching his dad homebrew. In 2008, KP and his wife Lanie opened the doors to the Brockway Public House, which has one of the most traditional pub feels around. Short stools, low lights, a professionally-poured pint of Guiness – what more do you need? Danny Boy has a more industrialized feel than the Public House, but stick around for the Mac Daddy Scottish Strong Ale. You’ll be happy you did.
Where will you be celebrating tomorrow? Let us know in the comments!