by Kym Byrnes

St. Patrick’s Day, celebrated on March 17, began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day has evolved into a celebration of Irish culture, and what better way to salute our love for all things Irish than with a toast. Here are some local bars and taverns that will offer up a variety of tasty beers on St. Patrick’s Day, and throughout the year. Cheers!

Greenmount Station has a beer club featuring more than 130 different beers and malts. They have bottled and canned craft beers and unique brews from all over the world as well as some Irish favorites on draft, including Guinness and Smithwicks. 1631 N. Main St., Hampstead.

Oscar’s Ale House serves up a variety of bottled and draft beers including IPA’s, stouts, porters, browns, lagers and wheats. If you’re looking to combine your sweet tooth with your brew, check out the Sweet Baby Jesus brewed by DuClaw in Abingdon, Md. – it delivers a peanut butter chocolate punch, or try the Vanilla Porter brewed by Breckenridge Brewery in Breckenridge, Co. 1438 Liberty Rd., Eldersburg

Mt. Airy Tavern offers a variety of bottled and draft beer ranging from domestics to craft brews and beers imported from around the world. Check out Xingu Black Ale from Brazil or Southern Tier 2XIPA brewed in New York. 1001 Twin Arch Rd., Mt. Airy

O’Lordan’s Irish Pub definitely knows how to do St. Patrick’s Day right. In addition to a year-round menu featuring authentic Irish cuisine, the pub offers plenty of beer options – including Irish beers Harp and Kilkenny Cream Ale – as well as a fine selection of Irish whisky. 14 Liberty St., Westminster

Maggie’s has been celebrating St. Patrick’s Day for more than 40 years. The pub carries 18 beers on draft including Guinness Blond, Ballantine Ale and Pub Dogs Seasonal beer. 310 East Green St., Westminster

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