Everybody is Irish on St. Paddy's Day, right?

The Capital Region is kicking of St. Patrick's Day this weekend with the annual parade, expected to draw 25,000 people to downtown Albany on Saturday. Local bars and restaurants will feature corned beef and cabbage specials and all your co-workers will be sporting way more green than usual.

But if there's one thing St. Paddy's is known for, it's beer.

We have a few options this month to make sure you not only look the part but get the full Irish experience for the wee holiday the Irish graciously share with the world. These next few brews come right from the Emerald Island. All three are classic choices, so you can forego the green with these in hand.

  • 1

    Guinness Stout

    Originated in Dublin, Ireland, this iconic beer is defined by harmony. Sip after sip, sweet counters bitter as the malt arrives on cue to compliment a base of roasted barley. Just as the unmistakable white head sits flush atop the dark beer, so do the flavors counter and combine perfectly.

  • 2

    Harp Lager

    The best selling premium Irish import lager in the world today. This rich, golden pilsner style lager, with a smooth, refreshing hoppy taste, is brewed the Irish way, using only the finest barley and pure spring water from the Cooley Mountains of Dundalk, Ireland.

  • 3

    Smithwick's Irish Ale

    From Ireland, comes this clean, refreshing ale that balances hops and roasted barley for a flavor that mixes a slightly sweet malt with moderate bitterness. Famous amber color comes from the specially roasted barley.