What am I getting up to this St Patrick’s Day?

I am sitting here writing this in the house I grew up in Dublin and I have just realised that I have not spent a single St Patricks Day in Ireland in over 20 years. I am what is termed an expatriate (expat for short) and this describes someone who basically lives outside their native country. Most people in this situation get the odd bout of homesickness but I have to say that it has been a pleasure and honour to have lived in Vienna and be exposed to two different cultures for a significant period of my life. I have been blessed with so many interesting opportunities to express what Ireland means to me in an Austrian context and even how to fuse the two cultures together.

We Irish are not known for being shy to throw a party and St Patrick’s Day being our national holiday on March 17 is always the perfect opportunity. I have just spent the weekend here in Dublin and was lucky to get tickets to see Ireland play Scotland in the 6 Nations Rugby championship. The atmosphere in the city was truly electric. This Saturday I plan on catching the St Patrick’s Day parade organised by the Irish Embassy leaving from Schottenkirche and afterwards going to see the final game of the 6 Nations competition at Charlie P’s where we play our arch rivals England and try to win the grand slam. The game starts at 15.45 and anyone looking for an authentic Irish atmosphere needs to look no further. You can witness normally sane Irish people tearing their hair out with nerves!

After the rugby I plan on scooting over to the Brickmakers where we have quite a party planned. I have two big passions in my life; beer and music and I am grateful that I have a job that often allows me to express all sorts of stuff based around this. I get to spend a fair bit of time nowadays at the Brickmakers and with 30 beers on tap and being surrounded by beer geeks sometimes pretty good ideas come up! I was taught early on in this business to listen to the customer and have seen that the styles of beers that are asked for again and again are hoppy Pale Ales and IPAs. With this as our inspiration we decided to brew our very first IPA for our brewing project , Me and Uwe brauerei. In honour of our neighbourhood we’re calling the beer ‘Straight Outta Neubau’ and it has been dry hopped using cascade, centennial and amarillo. We will launch at 19.30 with a bieranstich and free tasters for everyone.

Of course a good party needs music so my good buddy Stuart Freeman will dj from 20.00-21.00 and then I am going to DJ from 21.00-22.00. Hopefully toasting an Irish win against the English I will play an Irish set based on music I grew up with. A couple of weeks ago we launched a vinyl only DJ night called Vintage every Saturday night at the Brickmakers and this St Patrick’s Day will be no different so we are delighted to have the world renowned Dj/producer Sam Irl who will play a reggae/disco and house set from 22.00 till midnight. Hope to see you there