St. Patrick’s Day Beer Guide: Southern Style

March 14, 2013 | By | Comments (4)
Laurey Glenn

Laurey Glenn

When it comes to brewing beer, the Irish may have had the idea first, but boy, have we Southerners improved upon it. Microbreweries have sprung up all across the South, each offering up a variety of styles, infused with local flavors such as pecan, honey, and even bourbon to give their beer a uniquely Southern twist. If you are just getting your feet wet with microbrews, the vast array of options can be overwhelming. Check out our Southern picks that rival their more widely known counterparts. You won’t even need luck choosing a few for your St. Patty’s Day celebration.


Ralph Anderson

If you like Guinness, try:

Paradise Porter, Diamond Bear Brewing
Little Rock, AR
Hoppy, with a dry finish and notes of chocolate malt, this medium-bodied porter gives you the best of both sweet and bitter.

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout, Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling
Lexington, KY
It’s no wonder that brewers in Kentucky, the world’s largest producer of bourbon, are developing beers flavored with the iconic spirit. This stout, with hints of caramel, vanilla, and coffee, resides in bourbon barrels for up to six weeks to absorb optimum Kentucky bourbon flavor.

Milk Stout, Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery
Farmville, NC
Duck-Rabbit Brewery’s Milk Stout, full-bodied and rich with chocolate and coffee notes, is brewed with milk sugars to give it a subtle sweetness. You might say it’s more dessert than beer. Like their logo, it all depends on the way you look at it.

truck stop honey bottle St. Patricks Day Beer Guide: Southern Style

Courtesy of Back Forty Beer

If you like Newcastle, try:

Southern Pecan, Lazy Magnolia
Kiln, MS
It’s the pecan pie of beers. This nut brown ale is made with whole roasted pecans and is lightly hopped to let its rich caramel and nutty flavors take center stage.

Native Amber, Coop Ale Works
Oklahoma City, OK
Though assertive, this amber is well-balanced with hops and malt. Notes of caramel give it a rich flavor profile. This beer is perfect for going green, (and we don’t just mean for St. Patrick’s Day): Coop Ale Works brewery is powered entirely by wind. Impressive, right?

Truck Stop Honey, Back Forty
Gadsden, AL
Referencing the back forty acres of farmland that is capable of producing superior yield, the name Back Forty lives up to its meaning. Truck Stop Honey, a medium-bodied English brown ale, is brewed with Alabama wildflower honey and fresh hops that balance its sweetness.

Courtesy of Bayou Teche Brewing

Courtesy of Bayou Teche Brewing

If you like Sierra Nevada, try:

La-31 Bière Pâle, Bayou Teche
Arnaudville, LA
With a yeasty backbone and earthy hops that lend to a mild bitterness, this Louisiana Pale Ale is sure to pair well with any Cajun dish. It was on St. Patrick’s Day 2009 that the guys of Bayou Teche began converting a discarded railroad car into the farmhouse brewery it is today.

Devil’s Backbone, Real Ale Brewing
Blanco, TX
A Belgian-style tripel, named after the scenic drive between Blanco and Wimberly, Texas, Devil’s Backbone is brewed with candy sugar (a rock candy made in-house) that gives it strength without the heaviness. Don’t be fooled, it’s stronger than it tastes.

Grayton IPA, Grayton Beer Company
Rosemary Beach, FL
This IPA doesn’t lack hops, and has a touch of malt to round it to a effortlessly smooth finish. 30-A’s very own IPA brings you to the Gulf Coast even if the beach is miles away.

Courtesy of Starr Hill

Courtesy of Starr Hill

If you like Blue Moon, try:

Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat, Boulevard Brewing Co.
Kansas City, MO
Light on hops to emphasize its sweet bready malt, this unfiltered wheat has a hint of citrus and has become Boulevard’s most popular offering.

Red Brick Blonde Ale, Red Brick Brewing
Atlanta, GA
Georgia’s oldest operating craft brewery produces this blonde ale. The brew features a touch of wheat that provides a delicate sweetness, faint and fruity (think: honey dew). Citrus hops give it a crisp finish.

The Love, Starr Hill
Charlottesville, VA
Banana and clove give sweet and distinct flavor to this very light-bodied German hefenweizen. We suggest enjoying with a generous slice of lemon.

courtesy of Thomas Creek Brewery

Courtesy of Thomas Creek Brewery

If you like Budweiser, try:

Dockside Pilsner, Thomas Creek
Greenville, SC
New to microbrews? Try this Dockside Pilsner. It’s clean, crisp, and not overly hoppy.

Small Craft Warning, Heavy Seas
Baltimore, MD
Heavy hops and an equally strong malt backbone give this slightly sweet pilsner a robust and well-balanced flavor profile.

Loose Caboose, Depot Street Brewing
Jonesborough, TN
This easy-to-drink, German lager (and Gold Medal winner at Carolina’s Championship of Beer) is appreciated by microbrew connoisseurs and “bud-lovers” alike.


  1. Raise a Glass to Mississippi’s Beer Culture – The Daily South | Your Hub for Southern Culture

    […] beer for nearly a decade. Visit their brewery in Kiln to try Southern selections such as their Southern Pecan beer, a nutty beer made with whole pecans, or Jefferson Stout, a sweet potato cream […]

    March 22, 2013 at 3:10 pm
  2. BEERdidLADY

    but, but… where is a delicious selection from my favorite plow-to-pint southern and james beard semi-finalist brewery, fullsteam, out of NC?!?!?!??? 😀 not to be missed, especially their persimmon “first frost.”

    March 15, 2013 at 3:35 pm
  3. WLJ

    Very good article, and great call on Devil’s Backbone and Boulevard Wheat. Both are fantastic, highly recommend!

    What I would say to those of you who have kept to the big 3 is to make sure to check the alcohol content in the beer you’re trying for the first time. I’ve seen inexperienced beer drinkers deliberately order the highest alc% beer or get too high alc% to start and it hits them after one or two. You dont want to pass out at the bar, or – even worse – wet the bed!

    March 15, 2013 at 9:48 am
  4. Peggy

    Great job on the article. Talking Heads had nice imput.

    March 15, 2013 at 9:37 am

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s