Saint Patrick's Day is quickly approaching us on Sunday, March 17, and it is time to start making your plans for the weekend. My suggestion is to pass on the typical "green beer" at events this year, and replace it with a pint of fine Irish brew or Alabama craft beer.
Are you looking for great drink specials, live music, and amazing Irish themed food? Well, below is a list detailing a few events taking place at breweries and craft beer establishments throughout Alabama that are guaranteed to provide you with an amazing Saint Patrick's Day weekend. I will be updating this list all weekend as more and more events turn up, so please feel free to contact me if there is an event you like to see here. Have fun out there this weekend, craft beer fans. Please just remember to be safe and drink responsibly. Sláinte!
- Hop City Birmingham (2924 3rd Avenue South, Birmingham) - Pipes and Pints: On Saturday, March 16 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., enjoy a free performance by the Ian Sturrock Memorial Pipe Band. Guinness will be on special along with various other Irish brews.
- The J. Clyde (1312 Cobb Lane, Birmingham) - Brews & Stews: Celebrate St. Patty's day on both Saturday and Sunday with the finest Irish themed food and drink. Craft beer specials will include Avondale Spring Street Saison $5, Good People Coffee Oatmeal Stout $5, Moylan's Dragoons Dry Irish Stout $4, Straight to Ale Rocket City Red Irish Red Ale $4, and Craft Irish Car Bombs $7. Pair your beer selection with a full Irish menu prepared exclusively for the weekend. Hours are Saturday, March 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday, March 17 from 12 p.m. to ?
- 2nd Annual Red Headed Revival St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl (Loft Entertainment District, Birmingham): A pub crawl throughout Birmingham's Loft District presented by Good People Brewing Company. The participating locations will feature live music, swag giveaways, and specials on Good People brews. Participating locations include The Metro Bar, Pale Eddie's Pour House, Rogue Tavern, Steel, and The Wine Loft. The pub crawl begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 16 and goes all day and night.
- Shamrockin' in Five Points South (Five Points South, Birmingham): The local merchants of Five Points South band together to create an amazing St. Patrick's Day atmosphere for the folks of Birmingham. The solid week of events culminates on Saturday and Sunday (March 16 & 17) with a pub crawl experience featuring live music, Irish themed dining menus, and craft beer specials at the many participating locations. For a full list of participating locations and events, click here.
- Straight to Ale (3200 Leeman Ferry Road, Huntsville) - St. Patrick's Day Party 2013: After the 36th Annual Huntsville St Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, follow the folks of Straight to Ale back to the brewery for their annual St. Patrick's Day Party and the release of their Rocket City Red Irish Red Ale. The event will feature Irish dancers and live music all day (Black Market Haggis 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Slipjig 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Bourbon and Shamrocks 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.). Food will be provided by Anaheim Chili and Food Fighters Bustaurant. Hours for this event are 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Beef O' Brady's (1849 Ogletree Road, Auburn) - St. Patrick's Day Block Party: Beef O' Brady's will partner with neighboring Cigar and Fine Spirits to provide the city of Auburn with a St. Patrick's Day Block Party to remember on Saturday, March 16. The event will feature live music, an Irish themed menu, and plenty of activities for the kids. Railyard Brewing Company and Blue Pants Brewing will be on-site with samples, beer specials, and swag giveaways. Beef O' Brady's will also be serving the elusive Hopslam DIPA from Bell's Brewery. The block party starts at 11 a.m. and goes until midnight.
- Fairhope Brewing Company (914 Nichols Avenue, Fairhope) - Quiet Man Irish-American Red Ale Tapping and Release: At 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, Fairhope Brewing Company will be tapping Quiet Man Irish-American Red Ale, a small batch offering from the brewery in honor of St. Patrick's Day. Brewery description: "This hoppy American take on the traditional Irish Red is chock full of fresh hop flavor and uses a blend of Irish and American yeast for fermentation."