Stocking up On Green Beer and Other St. Patrick's Day FavoritesThousands of mugs of green beer are expected to be consumed this St. Patrick's Day weekend, but just how did that tradition get started?
Thousands of mugs of green beer are expected to be consumed this St. Patrick's Day weekend, but just how did that tradition get started?
Bar owners we spoke with say drinking green beer actually began in America. They say the Irish wouldn't dream of changing the taste of their beer, plus many Irish favorites like Killians and Guinness are too dark to add green. To prepare for the "Irish at heart" tradition, and one of the busiest bar days of the year, owners are already stocking up now on pre-dyed green beer, and some Irish favorites.
Dennis Blackmun, Joe Black's Owner: "We've got 15 kegs on order, and I'm pretty sure between Saturday and Sunday we'll go through all of them.
Patrick Boppre, Blue Moose Owner: "Definitely Guinness will be our number one seller on St. Paddy's Day. We sell a lot more than we normally would on a regular night."
Several downtown bars will be selling green beer starting at noon Saturday as part of the Leprechaun Loop.