May you always have a clean shirt, a clear conscience, and enough coins in your pocket to buy a pint!
It’s time again for the Dublin Irish Festival – a Dublin staple for 24 years that features authentic Irish food, music, dancing and more. And what Irish celebration would be complete without a bit o’ booze?
There are several opportunities to get a taste o’ the Irish throughout the weekend. Registration is required for all tastings, so you’ll want to get your tickets early as seating is limited. Tickets for the tastings can be purchased with cash or credit at the Creekside Token Booth, located across from the Bushmills Whiskey Snug.
Led by Masters of Whiskey, Robert Sickler and Cheryl Alagna.
Samples: Bushmills Original, Bushmills Black Bush, Bushmills 10, Bushmills 16, Bushmills 21
Dates: Friday, Aug 5, 6 & 9 pm; Saturday, August 6, 1, 4 & 7 pm; Sunday, August 7, 1 & 4 pm
Led by Geoff Randolph, Certified Cicerone and Craft/Import Brand Manager for Superior Beverage.
Samples: Killian’s Dublin Stout, Leinenkugel Summer Shandy, Peroni, Harpoon IPA, Magners Cider
Dates: Friday, August 5, 7:30 pm; Saturday, August 6, 2:30, 5:30 & 8:30 pm; Sunday, August 7, 2:30 & 5:30 pm
Led by John Metcver of Oliver Winery – this is the first time the festival has included a mead tasting.
Samples: Original Mead, Black Cherry Mead, Mango Mead, Watermelon Mead, Strawberry Mead
Date: Sunday, August 7, 11:30 am
The Dublin Irish Festival also features the Dublin Irish Festival Stout. Brewed exclusively for the Festival, it has a malt and light caramel flavor with a distinctive dry-roasted bitterness in the finish. Festival guests can purchase the Stout throughout Festival grounds. The Dublin Irish Festival Stout was first brewed in 2006 at the Sandlot Brewery, a pilot brewery in Coors Field, located in Denver, Colorado and is now brewed at the 10th Street Brewery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin due to increased demand, though it has maintained its original recipe. The stout is available for a limited time outside the festival, too, at Byrne’s Pub, Brazenhead, Dublin Village Tavern, Crowne Plaza Dublin Hotel, Old Bag of Nails, J. Liu and both Central Ohio Winking Lizard locations.
In addition to the signature stout, the following beverages will be available throughout the fair grounds:
Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey
Bushmills Black Bush Whiskey
Woodbridge White Zinfandel
Greg Norman Chardonnay
Jack Nicklaus Cabernet
Reserve Mondavi Riesling
Simply Naked Cabernet
Mondavi Select Pinot Noir
Cupcake Red Velvet
Boru Vodka & Tonic
Boru Vodka & Cranberry
Black Cherry Mead Spritzer
Mango Mead Spritzer
Mike’s Hard Lemonade
Mike’s Harder Limeade
Killian’s Irish Red
Dublin Irish Festival Stout