St. Patty’s Day
On March 17, the 2 Beer guys celebrated the St. Patrick’s Day holiday with a group of friends at 10 Center Street, in Newburyport. In a previous blog (Diamond in the ruff…Ten Center Street), Dark Amber, said many kind words of this establishment. We decided that this would be a reputable to celebrate this fine day (We wanted to avoid the crowds at the Irish bars)….
What is this celebration you say? (thanks to Wikipedia)
Saint Patrick's Day (Irish: Lá 'le Pádraig or Lá Fhéile Pádraig), colloquially St. Paddy's Day or Paddy's Day, is the feast day which annually celebrates Saint Patrick (385–461), one of the patron saints of Ireland, on March 17, the day on which Saint Patrick died.
The day is the national holiday of the Irish people.
Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated worldwide by Irish people and increasingly by many of non-Irish descent (usually in Australia, North America, and Ireland), hence the phrase, "Everyone wants to be Irish on St. Patrick's Day." Celebrations are generally themed around all things green and Irish; both Christians and non-Christians celebrate the secular version of the holiday by wearing green, eating Irish food and/or green foods, imbibing Irish drink, and attending parades.
As well as being a celebration of Irish culture, Saint Patrick's Day is a Christian festival celebrated in the Catholic Church, the Church of Ireland, and some other denominations. The day always falls in the season of Lent.
In many parts of North America, Britain, and Australia expatriate Irish, those of Irish descent, and ever-growing crowds of people with no Irish connections but who may proclaim themselves "Irish for a day" also celebrate St. Patrick's Day, usually by drinking larger amounts of alcoholic beverages (lager dyed green, Irish beer and stout, such as Murphys, Beamish, Smithwicks, Harp or Guinness, or Irish whiskey, Irish cider, Irish coffee, or Baileys Irish Cream) than they probably would normally, and by wearing at least one article of green-coloured clothing. The eating of Irish soda bread is also common. A recent American twist on the holiday reflecting its growing popularity among the non-Irish is the making and selling of green bagels on and near the day.
We celebrated St. Patty’s day in Style. Thanks to Hops, many festive decorations were worn and our green was displayed proudly.
We didn’t celebrate with the traditional Irish drinks, we decided to mix it up a little (Thanks to the Ignace remix), and enjoyed Red and Blue Chimay, followed by a “Terrible” (which is Canadian).
Initially 10 center street didn’t have any seating for our large 10+ army, but with a little convincing, Ms. Hefeweizen_hunny (Lisa), got us a large table in an empty room right near a gorgeous fireplace. Other than the attempt of a 2 Beer Guy meeting, the evening was well spent with friends enjoying a good time.
We then headed back to the domicile to play a little guitar hero. Beers were flowing, the laughter was roaring and the party quickly went into the morning hours. After a slow wake up, those staying the evening were awoken by the delicious aroma of pancakes, bacon, and coffee (cooked and served by moi – borrowed from ms piggy).