Here’s something that’s appropriate for tomorrow’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations (and Beer Utopia’s second birthday): Research shows that Guinness is good for you.

According to researchers, a pint of the black stuff a day may work as well as aspirin to prevent heart clots which raise the risk of heart attacks.

Drinking lager doesn’t yield the same benefits as a stout. A team of experts from Wisconsin University actually tested the health benefits of Guinness on dogs with narrowed arteries, similar to those found in human heart disease. They found that the dogs given Guinness (as compared to lager) had reduced clotting in their blood. Clotting is bad for hearts since a heart attack is triggered when a clot blocks an artery that supplies blood to the heart.

Guinness also contains heart-helping antioxidant compounds, similar to those found in certain fruits and vegetables, that slow down the deposit of harmful cholesterol on the artery walls.

It’s no secret that beer, especially craft beer, has health benefits. In fact, we’ve got an entire Beer and Health section right here on Beer Utopia to prove it. It’s good to see more research backing it up, though.

So, here’s to your health! And Happy St. Patrick’s day!!