Monday, March 25, 2013

The Scene: Drink me I'm Irish!

In my family every holiday seems to revolve around some sort of wine, beer or alcohol. On top of that, there are many Holidays that seem to revolve around beer, Oktoberfest, Mardis Grass, and of course St. Patrick's Day. I am not Irish, but St. Patty's speaks the most to me. When else can you dress up like a deranged green midget and drink until you can't make full sentences? This year for St. Patrick's Day my wife and I packed in as much as we could.

We started our day off at the first ever Shamrock 5k in broadripple. It was great because a bunch of local breweries came out to support the cause (Upland, Sun King and Fountain Square). It was a traditional 5k run, but at every 1k you got a beer... a small beer but you could grab as many as you wanted. It was 9 am so I was getting some strange looks for taking two or three at a time. The race was great and it ended with a stop at the Broadripple Tavern for some green beer. Yes, I had green beer... it's a holiday I felt obligated.

After Broadripple we drove home for quick shower and change. Then we headed to the Union Brewing Company for their St. Patty's Day party. The bar was packed, but there were two tents out back and the party was just getting started back there. It had a great atmosphere and there was plenty of space to spread out. There was a guitar player out back in one of the tents playing some tunes. Cameron (the head brewer at UBC) released five new sweet / milk stouts with all sorts of different flavors (arranged in order of my favorite).

  • Mint Everest Chocolate Mint Stout
  • Carri's Car Bomb Irish Whiskey Stout
  • S'Mores Graham, Chocolate and Marshmallow Stout
  • Almond Joyous Coconut Almond Stout
  • Olde Tyme Root Beer Stout
The UBC beers were great as always and everyone was really getting in the spirit of the holiday. There was some good Shepard's pie and corned beef and cabbage, that were catered. On top of their St. Patrick's Day specialty beers, they had their beer Miami Weiss (not exactly Irish, but one of my favorite that they do) as well as Harp, Guinness and Strongbow on tap. 

St. Patrick's Day did not disappoint this year. Everyone who put together programs did a great job. They were full of booze, fun and a few barons looking like leprechauns.   


Here’s to a long life and a merry one,
A quick death and an easy one,
A pretty girl and an honest one,
A cold pint-and another one!

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