Happy St. Patrick’s Day & Guinness Open Gate Brewery Night

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! As you well know, Ireland has stolen my heart over and over and over again. We don’t do much for the holiday at all, though I am sure there will be a pint of Guinness and a viewing of The Quiet Man at some point. I’ve visited Ireland over 20 times and written extensively about it, so for your St. Patrick’s Day reading, just a few blog posts on Ireland:


Afternoon Tea at the Meyrick HotelAshford CastleBallyconneely

Ballynahinch Castle

Belfast in Photos

The Burren and Kinvara – hiking in Ireland

Bushmill’s Distillery

Colorful Images from Ireland

Giant’s Causeway and North Antrim

Galway Saturday MarketGalway – Spirit One Spa and Sheridan’s Wine BarHiking in Connemara

Hiking Errisbeg in Roundstone

Kinsale, Ireland’s Gourmet Capital

Kylemore Abbey

O’Grady’s Barna Pier

Photos of Galway




Galway Bay Sunset

Perhaps our celebrating started earlier this month, with a special Guinness Open Gate Brewery Night to view The Brewers Project. Guinness actually brought the real, original recipe book to Boston for the event, and Artists for Humanity was filled with delicious Guinness beers, food, and cheer.

Open Gate Brewery   Guinness art

Guinness has had a knack for great advertising since its beginning, and it was fun to browse the colorful pieces and take replica postcards home.

Guinness Art

It was also fun to taste the many beers that they had available. We tried Guinness Blonde, Guinness West Indies Porter, and my favorite of the night which isn’t actually available for sale, the 1798 Limited Edition. west indies porter


Guinness 1798

Guinness quite obviously knows its beer, and they were all really good. I coveted these beautiful Guinness flute-like glasses. Unfortunately they weren’t for sale either.

Guinness flutes

In time for St. Patrick’s Day, Guinness was showing off some fun special edition cans, and they had an archivist from St. James’s Gate in Dublin showing us the recipe book, which we could not photograph.

Guinness Special Edition Cans

Once we made our rounds of tasting and grabbed a pint of the black stuff, we headed to the very generously stocked food table for some yummy snacks including soft pretzels and a variety of toppings. Passes appetizers also kept us fed throughout. cheese and fruit

soft pretzels

Guinness knows how to put on a great event, and we really enjoyed a taste of Ireland in Boston.

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  1. Michelle Lahey’s avatar

    This looks like a great event! Those pretzel bites with dipping sauces = my ideal beer snack. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


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