Are you feeling Irish yet? Everyone has a bit ‘o the Irish in ’em on St. Patrick’s Day. Unfortunately it’s on a Tuesday this year so, if you’re usually one to overdo it a bit on St. Pat’s, you’ll have to try to control yourself a bit, especially if you have to work the next day. Or will you? Read on.
Traditionally, and contrary to popular modern belief, St. Patrick’s Day is not primarily about drinking. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. It’s that ‘celebrating the heritage and culture of the Irish in general’ that leads people to think that, since the Irish have acquired a bit of a reputation or rather stereotype as a people who really enjoy drinking.
The stereotype isn’t necessarily wrong. According to 2012 figures, annual beer consumption is 98.3 liters per person in Ireland. The only countries with higher figures are Poland, Estonia, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. The U.S. is farther down the list with an average of 77.1 liters per person.
Rather than wait until next Tuesday the 17th to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, Bellevue Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) has decided that they’d like to help you put a few of those 77.1 liters down (in pint form) this Friday, March 13th.
From Bellevue Brewing Company:
Join us Friday, March 13th for our St.Patrick’s Day celebration featuring live music by Kindred Folk, special Irish-inspired food, and BBC beer specials! Food and beer specials start at 11:30a, music starts at 8:00p. We’ll have our food and beer specials available on Tuesday as well for the traditionalists! Start a new St. Patrick’s Day tradition with your friends at the BBC! Cheers!
Get into your closet now and pull out everything green you’ve been waiting to wear. Then get down to Bellevue Brewing Company tomorrow for the celebration. If you’re lucky enough to have the day off or are getting off early tomorrow, so much the better. As noted above, the celebration will kick off early, at 11:30 AM. Of course, if you start that early you might not make it all the way until 8:00 PM when the music starts.
The celebration will go on next Tuesday at Bellevue Brewing too, for those who would rather celebrate on the actual day. However you choose to celebrate, just use common sense and don’t overdo it. If you know you’ll be drinking heavily, then please plan ahead with a designated driver, taxi or Uber.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.