Art of Craft ~ brews and reviews
By Greg Richardson

Green BeerMarch is a great month for drinking beer.

All over the Northern Hemisphere winter is slowly being peeled back to reveal spring. In the Southern Hemisphere summer is being transformed into autumn. Even here in Southern California, the home of endless summer, temperatures are warming and daylight is lasting longer.

March is also the month of Saint Patrick’s Day, when we celebrate our Irish heritage whether we have it or not. Our celebration often includes consuming significant amount of two types of beer: industrial beer tinted green and Guinness Irish dry stout.

All of these, except perhaps the green tinting, are excellent reasons for exploring new beer choices. Many craft breweries recognize Saint Patrick’s Day as an opportunity to highlight their stouts, red ales, and other Irish-oriented brews.

Last Name Brewing in Upland, California is hosting a special Shameless Saturday on Saturday, March 17 from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM. The festivities will include plenty of Irish-themed beer, food from various trucks throughout the day, and live music. Part of the proceeds of the day will go to Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry in May.

Angel City Brewery in the Arts District of Los Angeles will also feature Irish-themed beers, food from a variety of trucks, and live music throughout the day on Saturday, March 17.

Some Saint Patrick’s Day beer events are bigger than a single brewery. A Beer March each year in Camarillo, California will be held on Saturday, March 17 this year. The event features a large number of local craft beers and live music in venues around Camarillo Old Town.

There is no requirement, though, that drinking beer in March be limited to Saint Patrick’s Day. Almost any day is a good day to taste something new. It might even be a benefit that the beer is less likely to be tinted green.

The best way to try something new is a visit to a local craft brewery or tasting room. The easiest way to get an idea of what might be available on a given day in March is checking the website of your favorite brewery. You can find out the hours they are open and which beers they are offering this month.

You can learn a good deal about what kinds of beer they brew and serve, whether they serve food or have live music, and the general atmosphere of the place. Each place has its own priorities and clientele.

The best way to learn more is to visit a few tasting rooms and ask a lot of questions.

Most of the people who work in craft breweries and their tasting rooms work there because they are interested in craft beer. They are welcoming and happy to tell you what they think.

There are plenty of other reasons, and days, to try a local craft beer in March besides Saint Patrick’s Day. Do not limit yourself. There are the Academy awards, March Madness, the beginning of spring, and many more.

If you lost your opportunity in February because the month was shorter, take full advantage of the additional days of March.

Enjoy your month!

Greg Richardson is a leadership and organizational coach, and a spiritual life mentor, in Pasadena, California. He is passionate about craft brewing, listening, and monks and monastic life. Greg is a recovering attorney, executive, and university professor. Greg’s website is StrategicMonk.com and he is on Twitter @StrategicMonk. You can email Greg at StrategicMonk@gmail.com.

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