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Tall, Dark, and Malty

This St. Pat’s, Sip a stout from an East Bay brewery.




Canary in a Coal Mine

E.J. Phair Brewing Company
Although technically a porter, Canary in a Coal Mine drinks like a stout (the two styles don’t differ much), and has notes of chocolate, coffee, and caramel. 2151 Salvio St., Concord, (925) 691-4253; 300 Cumberland St., Pittsburg, (925) 427-7204, ejphair.com.


Diablo Dark

Schubros Brewery
This inky nitro brew boasts hints of chocolate, caramel, and coffee, with a light, bittersweet finish and toffee-brown head. 12893 Alcosta Blvd., Ste. N, San Ramon, (925) 327-0700, schubrosbrewery.com.


Drake’s Dry Stout

Drake’s Brewing Company
Served on nitro, this beer features a creamy mouthfeel and toasty chocolate and light roast notes. 1933 Davis St., Ste. 117, San Leandro, (510) 568-2739, drinkdrakes.com.


O’Beardsley’s Stout

Eight Bridges Brewing
Opaque black with a tan head, this stout veers slightly sweeter than a dry stout. Look for a balance between chocolate and coffee flavors, supported by some background sweetness. 332 Earhart Way, Livermore, (925) 961-9160, eightbridgesbrewing.com.


Smooth Operator

Altamont Beer Works
With this full-bodied oatmeal stout, expect rich flavors, with lots of chocolate and coffee notes. 2402 Research Dr., Livermore, (925) 443-2337, altamontbeerworks.com.


Ease Your Pain: How to survive the morning after, with Advice from a man who knows his way around a beer.

“Soda water, Angostura bitters, and lime juice: bitters for a little hair of the dog, and the soda water and citric acid in the lime juice to help the stomach. A good ol’ fried egg sandwich never hurt anyone, either.” —Tim Gant, bar manager at Pete’s Brass Rail and Car Wash in Danville, which has served more than 2,300 different beers on draft. petesbrassrail.com.

For a list of East Bay St. Patrick’s Day events, visit diablomag.com/stpats2015.

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