To the surprise of no one, the Beau’s Brewery St. Patrick’s Day event at the Aberdeen Pavilion was a roaring success that left those on the outside green (!) with envy. Much like the enjoyable Oktoberfest party thrown by Beau’s every year in Vankleek Hill, the event featured delectable food, great live music, a friendly atmosphere and so so so much good beer. The 2,000 ticket event sold out almost immediately. Luckily, we were there to report back to our faithful readers!
But, like all of Beau’s sociable and socially responsible events, this party had a charitable angle as well. The event was run in partnership with The Irish Society of the National Capital Region. The funds raised by the event support the Ottawa Irish Festival, including the Awards Night with nominees and leaders from this year’s St. Patrick’s Parade. They will also support the Irish Society’s ongoing activities including Colonel By Day/Celtic Cross Ceremony.
The main acts, CelKilt (who could be described as a Parisian Dropkick Murphys), and Delhi 2 Dublin, brought a fantastic blast of energy and a level volume that rivaled the loudness of Beau’s co-founder Steve Beauchesne’s suit. Speaking of suits, costumed revellers, brought brewery characters of Strong Patrick, Tyrannosaurus Gruit and Smokin’ Banana Peels to life!
By the numbers:
- 2,000 attendees (including us!)
- 177 volun-beers
- 17 Beau’s beers served
- 16 “guest” beers served
- 11,215 glasses of beer enjoyed
The event created a tonne of excitement that for those who attended, while those that weren’t able to get tickets, are probably looking to rectify that for 2017. While Beau’s is already looking at exploring new ideas for 2017 with the City and the Irish Society, the key will be to deliver an event that accommodates all who want to attend without compromising ambiance or experience. I’m confident they will knock it out of the park again next year.