Looking for a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Seattle this year? It’s just one week from Saturday (3/17) and five Ballard breweries are teaming up to bring you the first annual St. Pat’s Parade O’ Pints.
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.