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Celebrate St. Patrick's day with Ohio craft brews.

Some folks are calling this St. Patrick’s Day weekend and started yesterday, so this may be little late for them. But if you’re going to celebrate tomorrow or Monday, here’s a few suggestions:

First: Do NOT drink green beer. I’ve been told that every time you drink a green beer, a leprechaun dies and that would be a shame.

You can, however, start your day at 8 a.m. with kegs and eggs at the Brewkettle Taproom and Smokehouse. Corned beef sandwiches and dinners will be available after 11 a.m. and there will be pipers and Irish fiddlers to enhance your Irish revelry. Main Street Grille in Garrettsville also starts at 8 am with kegs and eggs, followed by Irish food and music…and if you really want green beer, they may accommodate you. Willoughby Brewing starts their St Patrick’s Day celebration at 10 a.m. and also features Irish food, pipers, and BEER!

Festivities start at 6 a.m. at the Buckeye Beer Engine with corned beef specials until 11 a.m…and beer, of course.

Market Garden Brewery is celebrating all weekend with their Danny Green Enforcer Imperial Stout and also the barrel-aged version, along with live bands, Irish food, and Irish dancing.

Or you could celebrate by getting your head shaved at Rocky River Brewing’s St Baldrick’s event to help raise money to fight childhood cancers.

Weasel Boy is having their celebration tonight, so unless you are there already, you may be out of luck. But they should still have some of their three different stouts on tap by Monday. Any of the breweries I didn’t mention are sure to have Irish style reds or stouts on tap. Anything but green beer! Which reminds me of an email I received from Craftbeer.com debunking three common myths about dark beer. Here they are verbatim:

Myth 1: All dark beers are rich and heavy – Dark beer color comes from the barley and rising temperatures of heat. Color is not an indicator of weight or body of a beer.

Myth 2: Dark beers have more calories than paler beers – The toasting is the reason that the beer is darker. The color of the beer has nothing to do with the calories of the beer.

Myth 3: All dark beers are higher in alcohol – Many dark beers are the same alcohol level of paler beers. Color is not an indicator of alcohol levels of any beers, of any style.

So grab yourself a locally made craft Irish beer, some corned beef, and celebrate your Irish roots, for aren’t we all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day?