Guinness Open Gate Brewery holds month-long St. Patrick’s Day celebration

Guinness Open Gate Brewery

Baltimore’s Guinness Open Gate Brewery, the home of Guinness in the U.S. and the center of its experimental beers, is hosting a month-long celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. With free entry for all, guests visiting the two-acre lawn and three-story brewery will discover an ultimate St. Patrick’s Day experience, where more than two and a half centuries of Irish brewing experience and American craft beer creativity meet.

Festivities take place over 16 days throughout March when the brewery is open: every Thursday through Sunday, including special operating hours for St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Highlights include limited edition beer releases and merchandise, live music, an Irish Village lawn takeover with immersive experiences and special menus– including a secret one entirely in Gaelic. In honor of the holiday and Guinness’ commitment to giving back to the communities it serves, donations are being made to community partners, Sharp Dressed Man and Civic Works Real Food Farm.

Beer Releases

As tradition, the Guinness Open Gate Brewery team is releasing a different special St. Patrick’s Day beer on draught and in cans each Thursday throughout the month of March.

  • Thursday, March 3 – Irish Breakfast Amber (4.8% ABV): an American Amber Ale brewed with Irish Breakfast Tea
  • Thursday, March 10 – Clover Honey Ale (7.0% ABV): made with local clover honey from Apex Apiary.
  • Thursday, March 17 – Porter (5.5% ABV): brewed with an Irish barley base malt grown in Dundalk, Ireland
  • Thursday, March 24 – Pineapple Coconut Stout (4.7% ABV): brewed with pineapple puree and finished on toasted coconut chips

Secret Menu

Start practicing your Gaelic, because the brewery has devised a secret St. Patrick’s Day menu for guests with exclusive menu items and deals– but you must place your order in the native language. The only way to obtain the secret menu is to follow and DM the @GuinnessBreweryUS Instagram account with a four leaf clover emoji.

Beer Dinner Series

The brewery is also bringing back its four-course ticketed beer dinner series with a free souvenir in the Barrel Room on Sundays (March 6, 13, 20, and 27) at 6 p.m. for $100 a person. The first course is Roasted Delicata Squash, Baby Greens, Toasted Farro, Cranberry, Blonde Ale Vinaigrette paired with Guinness Baltimore Blonde and the second is Beef Tartare “Rarebit,” Irish Cheddar, Sourdough, Pickled Shallot, and Crispy Capers paired with Guinness Draught. The main course changes weekly to complement the special St. Patrick’s beer release of the week. Dessert is a Pineapple Upside-down Cake with Citrus Caramel and Cereal Malt Ice Cream paired with Guinness Belgian Style Wit. Tickets are available for purchase online or by calling (443) 575-6893.

Irish Village

Guinness Open Gate Brewery’s outdoor two-acre lawn is featuring an interactive Irish Village with beer, food, merchandise, and booths highlighting the brewery’s community partners: Saturday, March 12 through Sunday, March 13 and Thursday, March 17 through Saturday, March 19. To level-up the experience, guests can partake in interactive activities for an additional cost including 3D print your ‘picture’ on a pint, guided food, and beer pairing experience (available at the top and bottom of every hour ), and learn the process of pouring a beautiful pint from one of our experts at the Perfect Pint Academy. Guinness-curated food stalls inside the Irish Village include The Hollywood Oyster House, Seamus’ Soup House, Lord Calvert’s Chippy, McHenry’s Snack Co, Wiens & Co. Delicatessen Cured Meats and Fine Cheeses, Over the Moon Ice Cream Parlor, Dudley’s Desserts & Baked Goods and Heaney Grill & Mash.


19th Street Band

The double Whammy award-winning 19th Street Band, whose lead guitarist/vocalist hails from Northern Ireland, is bringing its high energy and strong vocal harmonies to the brewery every Saturday (March 5, 12, 19, and 26) and on St. Patrick’s Day with a live performance from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Traditional Irish dancers from the McGrath Morgan Academy are showcasing the rich history of Irish dance in celebration of the holiday to the sounds of live, traditional Irish music each Saturday and Sunday and on St. Patrick’s Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests can also enjoy Trivia Night every Friday at 7 p.m. and local cover bands inside a heated tent on March 3, 10, and 24 from 5 p.m to 9 p.m.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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