Honor your ancestors at Guardian’s St. Patty’s Day party
That’s a common Gaelic drinking toast in Ireland. Literally translated, it means “health,” but you can think of it like saying “cheers.”
This St. Patrick’s Day weekend at Guardian Brewing Company’s Taproom, you can raise a pint of Rosscommoner Irish Stout, a new beer steeped in immigrant history.
Saturday, March 16 is the beer’s release party, and it will be flowing on tap all day long.
It’s also a chance to pay homage to an Irish woman named Eileen Connell.
Eileen died 37 years ago in Anderson, Indiana. She wasn’t much of a beer drinker, preferring sherry instead. She spoke Gaelic and adored her obese toy poodle, who ate better than most humans.
She is also head brewer Sean Fickle’s maternal grandmother and the inspiration for the name “Rosscommoner Irish Stout.”
Eileen came to the United States in the 1930s as a young woman from County Rosscommon in north-central Ireland.
“I think she probably left for the same reason so many others left Ireland. She was probably looking for a better life,” Sean said.
Eileen settled in Brooklyn and married another Irish immigrant. When Sean’s mom moved to Indiana to attend Ball State University, Eileen went with.
So join us at the taproom on March 16 and toast to your own immigrant ancestors, Irish or otherwise.
For more information about the St. Patty’s Day party, and other events at the taproom, visit the events page.