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Little Known Facts and Irish Beer


By Billy Lunsford

Just about everyone knows that St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland; that the holiday itself is celebrated around the world; that it is wildly popular with Christians (as individuals are allowed to break their Lenten sacrifices for the day) AND secular folks (as it is a perfect excuse to drink your weight in beer); and that you are supposed to wear green. But did you know these fun facts? I assume they are facts seeing as how I got them off the intarwebs.

  • St Patty’s Day is only a legal holiday here in the states in Suffolk County, Massachusetts and Chatham County, Georgia. Boston and Savannah have two of the largest parades in the country.
  • St. Patrick’s Day has been celebrated in North America since the late 18th century.
  • One of the shortest parades in the world lasts only 100 yards, from one pub to another, and is held in Dripsey, County Cork, Ireland.
  • After drinking got out of hand, Irish Member of British Parliament James O’Mara introduced a law in the early 1900’s that required that pubs and bars be closed on March 17. This provision was not repealed until the 1970’s.

And speaking of BEER, come join New Leaf for our bi-weekly tasting on Saturday, March 16 from 4:30-6 pm. We will pay homage to St Patrick and Irish/Irish-American culture by featuring four traditional Irish brews. Start off with a light Harp Lager, ease into a Murphy’s Red Ale, move on to a darker-but-still-light-tasting Black Lager from Guinness and finish with a thick and hearty, yummy and creamy, Murphy’s Stout. See you there!

Billy L. has worked at New Leaf Market for four years and is the Assistant Manager for the specialty department. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his three-year-old son, whistling Marshall Tucker tunes and browsing the web for anything about unicorns. Any questions? Email Billy at billy@newleafmarket.coop

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