For the love of the Irish, skip the green beer this year – and also imports like Guinness.

Drink smart: To mark St. Patrick’s Day on Wednesday, Colorado breweries and beer shops have lots of great red beers and stouts.

  • The old school red ale is just returning to popularity as a malty alternative to the IPA craze.

Reality check: Irish beers are very different from American beers, which are usually richer in hops and sweeter.

Beer lover tips: Here are some local options for St. Patrick’s Day.

  • Astronaut Amber from Platt Park Brewing: One of the few Irish style red beers on tap all year round.
  • Monarch Throwback from Elevation Beer Co .: A special release red ale that hits all the right notes.
  • Milk Stout Nitro from Left Hand Brewing: Far from Irish style but a great beer in a shamrock can.

My thought bubble: Pouring a nitro beer (even if it’s Guinness) into a glass is one of the most beautiful sights in the world. The chemistry of the cascading bubbles is like a beer ballet. Sláinte!

This story first appeared in the Axios Denver newsletter, which is designed to help readers get smarter, faster, on the most important news in their own garden.