If your invitation for St Patrick's Day says "Come around for a bit of a craic", you're in luck. Pronounced "crack", the craic has as many meanings as there are faeries in the bog, but it can be summed up as a good time to be had by all, whether it's a music session, a wine and gossip with the girls or a night out with the lads
The St Patrick's Festival is in its 11th year and has grown to encompass a week of Irish entertainment. But it all culminates in the big day today, with events spreading across Auckland City.
The hub of the action is the Muddy Farmer on Wyndham St. The road is closed with opening time at 7.30am for an Irish buffet breakfast and the obligatory pint of Guinness. The pub is hosting various live music and dance acts throughout the day.
While trying out this new Blog & Feed for RealBeer.co.nz I will also be running it for Steam Brewing Company.
Since Steam Brewing Company doesn't have an offical website or any other means to communicate with those beer drinkers that want to know what is happening in the brewery, I will run the feed.
The Chicago River is dyed green each St. Patrick's Day. You can debate whether that's wise, but do not — ever — dye your beer the same color.
With the changing trends of the internet, and the problem of getting our email newsletter through SPAM filters and the like, we are now experimenting with a Blog and RSS feed to notify you of the latest additions and news on the website.
Hopefully this will become easier with time, and you will stay up to date every time we post, which some days can be multiple times.