8 Green Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

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1. Get out and drink. Take advantage of St. Patty's deals at your local green watering hole. Opt for local breweries -- or local bars and restaurants that serve organic beer!

2. Or drink at home. Stephanie Rogers at Earth First has a list of organic brews to pick from. Or throw a party and get some local keg beer, which Slate's Green Lantern is the greenest beer container -- as long as you drink from reusable glasses.

3. If you want to drink home all year on the cheap, brew your own organic beer. Sierra Club's Climate Crossroads shows you how to get started.

4. Become a beer activist. Drink to change the world! Chris O'Brien's book Fermenting Revolution: How to Drink Beer and Save the World will turn you into a purposeful beer drinker. Follow up that read by watching Beer Wars, to find out why you shouldn't be drinking Bud Light.

5. Dine green. Robin Shreeves at MNN has a recipe for Irish brown bread, and Blogher's own Alanna Kellogg put together a roundup of green food recipes.

6. Eat green cookies. Bake your own -- or get organic shamrock sugar cookies from Organic Bouquet. Two dozen cost $59.95.

7. Get crafty. Can't drink or go out because you're stuck at home with the kids? Jenn Savadge at MNN has some ideas for eco-friendly St. Patty's craft projects, like making a coffee filter shamrock, handprint rainbow, or paper mache pot of gold.

8. Appreciate green beauty. Check out these gorgeous photos of Irish landscapes -- limestone bluffs, swamp woodlands, pastures for peaceful grass-fed cows -- from National Geographic. Enjoy them now, because according to Della Watson at The Sierra Club's blog, The Green Life, "a report from the Irish American Climate Project predicts that global warming will endanger the Emerald Isle's verdant fields, cause a drought-induced reduction in the the country's famous potato crop, and lead to more "bog bursts" (think mudslides)." Even worse, climate change is worsening the quality of Saaz hops used to make pilsner lager!

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BlogHer Contributing Editor Siel won't actually be drinking beer on St. Patrick's Day; it's all about the food this year. Siel also blogs at greenLAgirl.com.

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