Below, microbrews that’ll slake your thirst this St. Patrick’s Day, at bars and breweries that won’t be overrun by the besotted. Because you're never too old for day drinking, but everyone outgrows Wrigleyville.
For a Better Red Ale: Ravenswood
4 Hands Reprise Centennial Red Ale
Tasting Notes: Caramel-malty sweet, with spicy citrus hops. Six-percent ABV puts it in sessionable territory. Puts Killian’s to shame. On draft at the Fountainhead.
For a Better Cider: Roscoe Village
Virtue Cider The Mitten
Tasting Notes: A ridiculously smooth and refreshing bourbon barrel-aged cider. Tart and spicy, with a little vanilla and oak. On draft at Four Moon Tavern.
For A Better Stout: Lisle, IL
North Coast Old Rasputin Imperial Stout
Tasting Notes: Thick, complex stout that’s sweet on the tongue, but earthily bitter on its way down. Rivals a properly poured Guinness. On draft at the Bavarian Lodge.