Posts Tagged ‘St. Patrick’s’

Happy St. Patty’s

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

istock_irishstoutI wasn’t planning on doing two posts today, but it’s St. Patty’s so what the heck.

Irish Stouts On Tap

As long as we’re on the subject of St Patrick’s I figure I may as well talk about some local joints that have Irish stouts on tap today. In no particular order, the Ram has their seasonal Irish stout out right now as do McMenamins locations. Conrad Venti also let me know today that Venti’s cafe now has an Irish stout from Seven Brides Brewing on tap for the holiday. If you want more info on what it is check out their blog, or head on in for some good bento and a pint….. or two.

Free Beer

Free beer just seems like a good thing to go with St. Patty’s doesn’t it? My Rose Red ale has just finished carbonating, and is ready for consumption. For people interested I’m giving out a free bottle of it on the condition that you fill out a questionnaire about it so I can use the feed back on my blog. If your interested shoot me an email at There is a limited number of beers that I can give out so let me know soon.

Share Your Passion

I just joined a group at for people in the Salem area that are interested in good beer. If you also think it’d cool to find some local people interested in beer then check it out. Hopefully someone gets around to making a Salem area homebrewers group. Maybe I should make one eh?

Need Bottles

Last but not least I’m running low on empties for bottling. Between my spoiled gruit, my Rose Red, and my new gruit that will have to age for an obscene time all my bottles are tied up. If you have some empty standard size pop tops your willing to part with let me know.

Weekend Events

Friday, March 13th, 2009

pintonbar1As most everyone knows St Patricks Day is coming up on Tuesday, the revelries though will start today for many people. Don’t be sad if you can’t make it to Ireland for the fun though as there’s plenty to do here in Oregon. So as Al Roker always says, “Here’s what’s going on in your neck of the woods.” I’ve always wanted to use that in a post 🙂

Perhaps the biggest event we have here is the Kell’s Irish Festival in Portland. Today at 5:00 pm they will kick off their 19th year of celebrating St Patrick’s in Portland. On Saturday the tent out back opens up, and the real festivities begin. People who swing by will be treated to the sounds of bagpipes, live music, and get to watch the Maher World-Champion Irish dancers.  The tent opens to minors from 11:30 am – 5:00 pm, and there’s no cover charge until 6 when ZOO2 plays. The following day Everclear will be playing, with a $20 cover, and Zoo2 will be giving a free concert on Monday. Tuesday however is when the real festivities start. There will be performances by ZOO2 (notice a theme?), Needfire, The Real Shindig, and others. I have no clue what the cover is for Tuesday, but it certainly sounds like the time to go. If you can’t make it to Portland, or a crowded tent full of drunk concert goers isn’t your thing there will be plenty of other events around Oregon. Eugene’s Sheldon High School is holding it’s 32nd Run for the Shamrock at Alton Baker Park, and all proceeds go to the schools track program. Portland also has it’s own Shamrock Run at Waterfront Park. Also you can always swing by the closest Irish pub and have a pint. If your looking for one here’s a list to choose from. If your in Salem where there are no Irish pubs try McMinnimans or Porters.

Kell’s Irish Pub– Portland
Pady’s Bar and Grill– Portland
4 Daughters Irish Pub– Medford (good beer selection)
Nana’s Irish Pub – Newport
New Old Lompoc – Portland
Paddy Brannan’s Irish Pub – Ashland
O’Donnels Irish Pub – Eugene