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Pintful: Don't drink green beer, drink craft beer this St. Patrick's Day

With St. Patrick's Day approaching, let me make a plea: don't drink green beer, drink good beer instead.

Dave Paulson, "the general manager of hoppiness" at Bottle Mixx, a craft beer shop in North Raleigh, sent along a few recommendations. None of these beers are green-dye ready and all still showcase a long Irish brewing tradition. To strech beyond even Guiness or Harp, here are Paulson's picks for American beers that closely emulate the ones from across the pond:

Irish Red Ale: Brownish red hue when poured with a mild hop flavor and a nice caramel balance.
• Moylan's Danny's Irish Red Ale: Novato, Calif.
• Epic Brewing Imperial Red Ale: Salt Lake City, Utah
• Harpoon Celtic Red: Boston, Mass.
Irish Ale: Rich Amber Color with a slight roasty malty sweet balance.
• Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale: Cleveland, OH
Irish Style Lager: An almost Vienna style lager with a malty aroma balanced body with a clean crisp finish.
• Rogue Irish Style Lager: Oregon
Oyster Stout: Bold and silky with a slight briny finish that is honestly intriguing and flavorful.
• 21st Amendment Marooned on Hog Island, San Francisco, Calif.
Irish Stouts: Notes of roasted coffee and pours obsidian black with a nice tan tight foam head.
• Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout: Brooklyn Brewery Utica, N.Y.

Freebie alert: Free french fries at Burger King


Burger King is going Irish this weekend, celebrating St. Patrick's Day by giving away free french fries to customers all weekend long.

On Saturday and Sunday, you can score one value-size fries per customer at participating Burger King restaurants.

The offer says "while supplies last" but it's hard to imagine a fast-food restaurant running out of fries.

The fries will be served with "St. Paddy's Sauce" made by Heinz.

No purchase is required.


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