Do-it-yourself St. Patrick's Day brew

By Darryl J. Enriquez - Special to The Freeman

March 15, 2014

Charles Auer/Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – Those wanting to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at home can wear green and recreate a pub-like green beer experience with just a few drops of food coloring, at $3.99 for the little bottle shown.

“We go through a fair amount” of the green dye this time of year, said Michael Greguska, owner of Discount Liquor, at 919 N. Barstow Street in Waukesha. Shown above are results when 2 drops of dye are added to Miller Genuine Draft. Kegs of green beer from Miller are also a possibility. But the top-selling items for the holiday are Guinness, Jameson Irish Whiskey and Baileys Irish Cream, Greguska said.

He said a sweet honey wine called Bunratty Meade is also garnering attention. “It’s quite good,” he said.

Despite St. Patrick’s Day’s reputation, it’s not the holiday time with the biggest alcohol sales. That’s Christmas. If you’re looking for a non-alcoholic way to mark the holiday, try the Town of Erin St. Patrick’s Day Parade, March 17 at 11:00 a.m.