This day last year, we pulled the plug on our St. Patrick’s Day plans. Irish Paul wept copious tears, and then sat in an empty brewery all day long, surrounded by green decorations, staring morosely into his stout. But if there’s one good thing about Covid-19, it’s the death of “Kiss me, I’m Irish” tee shirts.
This year he’s better. 50% percent better. Our capacity is tapped at 50% of our normal level. If you can remember past St. Patrick Days, we had a special license for increased ocupancy so 50% is going to seem like very little. But as they say about the 1960s, if you can remember it, you weren’t really there. And it’s not the size, it’s what you do with it.
As it’s a scaled down year, we are delighted to have a full sized food offering. The fabulous Little Goat is again in the house and whipping up this very delicious menu. We’ve also found a stashed keg of Foynes, our Irish Coffee Stout. Brennan’s Barn, our Irish Pale Ale is here. And don’t forget Mountjoy X, our very traditional Irish Dry Stout.
We’re having live music. Yes, LIVE, actual musicians. From 5.30 to 6.30 we will have Jordan McConnell playing the pipes. In the evening, Ross McKernan of MacTague & MacAnallen will be playing some foot tapping Irish tunes. We will have fun, socially distanced of course, but fun, if only to erase some memories of the past year.
The current rules still apply – multiple households can share a table but only on the patio. Food must be consumed on the premises to order a beer. Capacity is 50% and that includes the patio.
But we’re having an Irish Christmas!