Today is St. Patrick’s day, and like many other Americans, you may be tempted to drink beer that has blue food coloring in it. Please don’t. There are far better craft beer options out there.

Need more convincing? Well, put off your drinking until Saturday for Colorado Craft Beer Week. For those who don’t know, Colorado Craft Beer Week runs March 18 to 25, and many breweries are putting on some fun events to celebrate. There are so many great craft options coming up this next week that aren’t some cheap yellow fizzy water with blue food coloring in it.

To celebrate, Red Leg Brewing is tapping some super special casks. Here’s their schedule for the next week:

Saturday, March 18 – Ginger Cardamom Amber Firkin
Sunday March 19 – Carrot Cake Brown Pin
Friday March 24 – Basil Ginger IPA Pin
Saturday March 25 – Coconut Lime Stout Firkin

[x_accordion id=”fun-fact”][x_accordion_item title=”I know a craft brewery made a green beer before!”]Yes, Dogfish Head brewed a beer in 2006 that took a different approach in making the beer appear green. Their version was a Dortmunder style beer with a bunch of spirulina added, giving it a “delightful green and a subtle organic aroma.” According to Dogfish, “We brewed this beer once – turns out it wasn’t at the top of our list of successes!” Don’t expect to find Verdi Verdi Good on the shelf this evening.[/x_accordion_item] [/x_accordion]

So even though you may not find a green beer at a craft brewery, you’re definitely going to find some awesome styles around this next week. Fieldhouse is pulling out all the stops for this next week with different beers every day between Monday and Friday.
Monday – Raspberry wheat tapping at 5pm
Tuesday – Lime Kölsch and a taco from McCabes for $8 while tacos last. Tapping at 5pm.
Wednesday – Test Tap: Peanut Butter Stout 5pm
Thursday – Double IPA
Friday – Peach-O Sour tapping at 5pm

[x_accordion][x_accordion_item title=”But green beer is the ultimate way to celebrate St Patrick!”] You might think this, but techincally, it’s not even Irish! Au contrare, green beer was originally concocted by New York Professor Thomas H. Curtin in 1914. He is said to have added one drop of “wash blue,” a bluing agent used most commonly in laundry to turn the otherwise yellowish beer green. These days, food coloring is added to fizzy yellow beer, which we imagine doesn’t taste much better than what was imbibed in 1914. If you absolutely have to have green beer, bring your own food coloring and tint your craft beer green.[/x_accordion_item] [/x_accordion]

If you only pick one event during Colorado Craft Beer Week to go to, make sure it’s Colorado Pint Day on Wednesday! (or head to Collaboration Fest on Saturday, that’s ok as well)

The local places that will be hosting the event are Bristol, Castle Rock Beer Co, Cerberus, Pikes Peak, and Rockyard. Remember, $1 from every pint will go to the Colorado Brewers Guild. If you need a list of all the breweries hosting the event, head here.

If it’s a nice hearty stout you’re craving and nothing above hits the spot, Head to Bristol next Thursday for a special flight of Winter Warlock including Warlock on CO2, Warlock on Nitro, Wireless Warlock, Warlock infused with OZO coffee, and Cask Warlock aged with chocolate and vanilla. The tasting costs $12 per person and it’s available only in the Bristol Pub.

So as you plan your evening, make sure you think hard about the week ahead (head here for a full listing of events that are taking place) and take the time to enjoy an evening with friends. If you do drink some beer, try to drink a local craft beer — not some green beer you’ll regret a day later. Cheers!

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St. Patrick’s Weekend at Pikes Peak Brewing

March 17 @ 12:00 pm - March 18 @ 10:00 pm

Two full days of activities at the brewery! You won't want to miss anything, leprachaun look alike contest, live music, food trucks, Sing A Longs,…

Get Smart! Coffee/Beer Discussion Panel!

March 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This Discussion Panel will be featuring our head brewer, and head roaster at Novo Coffee. We will be discussing the amazing role coffee can play…

CO Craft Beer Week – Raspberry Wheat

March 20 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

For CO Craft Beer Week, we have decided to tap a new beer each weekday! Kicking it off is a new seasonal, the Raspberry Wheat.…

K2: Siren of the Himalayas (Ivywild movie night)

March 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us in the Ivywild Gym for K2: Siren of the Himalayas on the big screen. We will have popcorn, a full bar and snacks…

Beer and Food Pairing

March 21 @ 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Join us for a Beer and Food pairing event during Colorado Craft Beer Week. For today we will be using Elysium IPA to braise our…

Maple Brown Ale

March 21 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This one's for Katie Black! A brown ale with maple syrup added to secondary for flavor and sweetness! Don't miss this one!

CO Craft Beer Week – Lime Kolsch and Tacos!

March 21 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for Taco Tuesday in the taproom! We are partnering up with McCabe's Tavern for this delicious evening! We will have a limited amount…

Colorado Pint Day

March 22 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

To help celebrate Colorado Craft Beer Week we are participating in the Colorado Pint Day! For an extra $1 ask for the special 14er pint…

Test Tap 2016 Favorites – Peanut Butter Stout

March 22 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We have done a few Peanut Butter Stouts throughout our Test Taps. It's always a crowd pleaser, so we decided to do it again! Bring…

Trivia Night!

March 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

It's that time again.... Trivia!! Come out on Wednesday March 22nd from 6-9 to show all of Falcon if your team has what it takes…

Geeks who Drink

March 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Geeks who Drink is a pub quiz game played in teams of 1-6 for prizes like BEER! Play against the assembled group, and get scored…

CO Craft Beer Week – Double IPA

March 23 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Thursday brings a special gift to all the hopheads out there! We are tapping a Double IPA to satisfy the hoppiest of hop lovers. Roll…

Escape Reality: VR

March 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Does your life suck? Escape into a different one! Come down to Triple S Brewing Company on Thursday nights to demo the HTC Vive, the…

Legacy Loop Cruise + New Beer Day!

March 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us on a bike cruise of the Legacy Loop! It is a 9 mile loop the founding fathers built into the city plan. The…

CO Craft Beer Week – Peach O Sour

March 24 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

You've been begging, and we are delivering! Everyone's favorite sour is BAAAACK! Peach-O-Sour is brewed with 30. Yes. THIRTY. POUNDS of Peach-O candy. Treehouse BBQ…

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  • rickbolger

    Thanks for the advice, however, I put green food coloring in my beer since 1979 and I’m not going to stop now. #liveandletlive #dontbesuchafusspot #beersnobsforgothowtohavefun #relaxdontworryhaveahomebrew #inablindtastetestyouwontknowthedifference #greenbeeronceayear