By Meredith Sheldon

St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday full of festivals, parades, Irish dancing and, most importantly, beer drinking. Celebrate this festive and fun holiday with a fresh cold beer by visiting these local breweries.

Swamp Head Brewery

Swamp Head Brewery is a local brewhouse and tasting room that offers craft beers. Ranging from honey cream ale to oatmeal coffee stout, Swamp Head has a variety of fun and different brews to try.

Located at 3650 SW 42nd Ave., this local brewery offers five beers on tap year-round. They also offer seasonal beers, like the Hoggetowne Irish Red, which is perfect for this upcoming holiday.

If you are hunting for the perfect bar to drink with your friends this St. Patrick’s Day, or if you want a closer look at how the beer is made, you can visit Swamp Head to sip some suds or to take a tour.

First Magnitude Brewery

Located downtown at 1220 SE Veitch St., this craft brewery and taproom offers four year-round brews that each have a touch of Florida in them. Some have citrus flavorings, while others have a spicier aftertaste.

First Magnitude also has food trucks outside whenever they are open. Come out this Friday for St. Patrick’s Day from 2 p.m. to midnight to try their seasonal, traditional Irish-style Dry Stout beer and grab some delicious food from Patticakes and Bubba Luigi’s Road Trip.

Tall Paul’s Brewpub

This downtown pub is home of Alligator Brewing, a small and local brewery that offers 10 on-tap brews. If you are looking for a chill bar scene to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, come out to Tall Paul’s at 10 SE 2nd Ave. to enjoy a New England-style brewpub.

Blackadder Brewing Company

If you are looking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early, Blackadder Brewing Company is serving beer and lunch starting at noon. The brewing company, located at 618-A NW 60th Street, will be serving its special on-tap brew called On Your McKeester Irish Red Sláinte. This cozy pub offers about 40 brews on tap and serves Belgian-Inspired beers.