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YWD: Short, Sweet, and Semi-Back

Alan Crowhurst

Hi folks. Don't want to step on any toes but this is a huge weekend for consumption of all things brewed and distilled, so here are Your Official MnB St. Patty's Day*/BTT Weekend Drinking Picks:

Friday:

Now that Michigan has squeaked by Illinois in a sure-fire trap game, it's time to unwind. Those among you who drink to forget games will be tempted to hard, early and often, but MnB is in favor of priming the weekend right. This is your one night to kick back and enjoy a moment in the calm before this weekend's storm. Check out a Ballast Point Sculpin IPA. It's spring, meaning people like hoppy beer. While I personally think this is total idiocy, I admit to being in the minority. My friend Matt from SD (also a loyal Brewski) recommended this IPA and mailed me one all the way from sunny California. And guess what? It doesn't suck. As far as IPA's go, it's actually pretty good. Really, really well crafted. Snag one - they're perfect for that 60 degree day.

Saturday:

This is your chance to avoid Irish Car Bombs and all other Irish drinks for one final day.

Lies. Here's how to do it better. Don't ask for Irish Car Bombs. You'd be an asshole, and they aren't really Irish. Instead, go for a Michigan Irish Buck, officially endorsed by Maize n Brew:

  • 1 can Vernors
  • 2 parts Bushmills whiskey
  • Twist of lime

Who can forget this classic?

This drink allegedly is made without Vernors, but then you're just an idiot. Use the Vernors and put a mitten twist on a REAL classic Irish drink.

Sunday:

Start off with a healthy amount of whiskey in your coffee if you have to work Monday. Skip the cream liqueurs and just get right to it. Because then it's time to partake in the one truly good red ale on the market today: O'Hara's Irish Red.

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It's so delicious. Hints of fruit and chocolate in a vibrant red ale - none of that Sam Adams or Killian's shit. Might as well be drinking a Harp. If you must go stout - and you should - make sure it's EXTRA stout. The one with the yellow label in the dark bottle. If you're reading this from East Lansing and pretending to be Irish, go slap someone else's court and pour yourself a Black Lager. We don't want it.

*Note: MnB does not officially endorse St. Patrick's Day as a holiday due to its unfortunate use of coloration. At least shamrocks aren't red.

Enjoy your weekend, Michigan Faithful. And if you're lucky enough to take Monday off, go pretend you're Irish somewhere fun.

Any opinions expressed in Fanposts or Fanshots are not the opinions of Maize n Brew. Peruse at your own risk.

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