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Bars plan St. Pat’s shenanigans, businesses rebrand

217 Brew Works owner Tom Curran pours a Eirinn Go Brach wry Irish rye stout directly from the tank Friday. The craft brew is a new addition to the menu for St. Patrick's Day. Brie Handgraaf | Times
217 Brew Works owner Tom Curran pours a Eirinn Go Brach wry Irish rye stout directly from the tank Friday. The craft brew is a new addition to the menu for St. Patrick’s Day. Brie Handgraaf | Times

While my own Irish heritage goes back a few generations, this Friday everyone becomes an honorary Irishman as people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

The holiday has religious roots, but modern festivities have shifted the focus to wearing various shades of green from head to toe, then downing a beer while rocking out to Flogging Molly. While many major cities have public celebrations — for example, I was among the crowd freezing on Saturday to catch the parade and street festival in Raleigh — it is equally common for businesses to have their own festivities to cater to loyal customers and get new ones.

This laid-back downtown tavern will have a new beer on tap this Friday in honor of the holiday and the shared Irish heritage between owner Tom Curran and master brewer John Kater.

“Together we’re one Irishman,” Curran joked.

Curran’s paternal side consists of an Irish grandfather and a Scottish grandmother while Kater’s mixed ancestry includes relatives who immigrated to America during the potato famine. The duo leaned on their heritage to inspire the newest beer at The Stable: Eirinn Go Brach, a wry Irish rye stout.

“It is a full-flavored Irish stout,” Kater said. “The rye gives a nice astringent to balance out the residual sweetness and minimize the burnt character.”

Half of the 10-barrel batch will be kegged with carbon dioxide and half will be infused with nitrogen gas, which gives the beer a smoother feeling and flavor. Curran said the holiday happenings don’t stop there.

Starting at noon, they’ll have food trucks serving Irish-inspired dishes such as a corned beef and cabbage-stuffed potato. They’ll have a variety of live musicians performing a mixture of genres and in keeping with the Irish party spirit, a closing time for the tavern hasn’t been set.

“We certainly want everyone to celebrate, but we want them to do it responsibly,” Curran said. “St. Patrick’s Day is a wonderful holiday to celebrate where everyone is Irish for a day. Sometimes it gets a little silly, but we won’t have green beer. We said on Facebook that if you want green beer, you’ll have to bring your own dye.”

The popular pub and bottle shop on Forest Hills Road will have a sister location in Goldsboro starting on St. Patrick’s Day.

“Brewmasters doesn’t like to do anything calm, quiet or normal,” said Molly Youssef, keeper of the calendar for Brewmasters and wife of founder Morkos Youssef. “We go big. That is how Brewmasters rolls, so it is kind of fitting to open on a beer holiday.”

The Goldsboro location at 2402 Ash St. is about half of the size of the original…

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