Blessing of the Beer and the Tapping of the Keg

The Blessing of the Beer and the Taping of the Keg has become a favorite tradition of the Hibernians and our friends and parade supporters. Join the Ancient Order of Hibernians and their friends at BBC to celebrate the 9th birthday of the Bourbon Barrel Stout, launched in 2006. A special ceremony will bless the beers at the brewery in preparation for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Parade.

Everyone shows up around 5pm or so (Irish time you understand) at the BBC Taproom on 636 E. Main. Our good friends and sponsors at the BBC brew a special keg of bourbon barrel stout for us thats been aging for 5 years or so. Yummy! Our own Father Joe Fowler is good enough to bless all the kegs used at O'shea's on Baxter for the parade celebration.

We then take the keg to O'Shea's on Baxter (approximately 6:30) where we march it in behind a piper and all the Hibernians in single file this is where our Tapping of the Keg party is held. O’Shea’s Executive Chef Rick Adams will add his touch to the specials ofcorned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, shepherds pie and Guinness Stew.

The Highland Reign will rock the house at 7 p.m. with the progressive Celtic music.

May thanks to O'Shea's and the BBC for making this pre-parade event as popular as it has become.

Hope to see everyone there and share a pint with the Hibernians.

The Blessing of the Beer will be held on March 13th, 2014, 5:00pm., with the Taping of the Keg starting at 6:30pm at O'Shea's.