Drink dark, not green, on St. Patrick's Day

Drinking green beer for St. Patrick's Day is worse than dropping a baby. Just don't. Stouts, however, should be your beverage of choice this Sunday. Never mind that stouts actually originated in London—that's close enough to Ireland. Plus, there's that whole Guinness thing. Drinking Guinness, however, is only acceptable as a gateway to the world of stouts. There's so much more, for instance: Upright Brewing's interesting Oyster Stout; Deschutes Brewery's The Abyss has been available lately and is a solid imperial; Mikkeller's Beer Geek Breakfast can be found at most specialty bottle shops, such as The Davis Beer Shoppe (211 G Street in Davis). The Bruery's Chocolate Rain should be out and about this week, any of FiftyFifty Brewing Co.'s Eclipse stouts are worth the 30 bucks, North Coast Brewing Co. still has some barrel-aged Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout floating around, and Oskar Blues Brewing Company's Ten Fidy is the best American stout in a can. Remember: Drink dark, not green.