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One for the Irish

German visitor Susanne Wessely is handed her very first mug of green Banks Beers from Marlon Brathwaite, bar manager of Tiki Bar.

German visitor Susanne Wessely is handed her very first mug of green Banks Beers from Marlon Brathwaite, bar manager of Tiki Bar.

On Sunday, Barbadians will join their Irish counterparts around the globe in celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.

And in keeping with local tradition, Banks Beer will again be going “green” – literally.

At five locations across the island – Tiki Bar (Accra Beach), Carib Beach Bar (Carib Beach), Limegrove Bar and Zoola Cafe (Limegrove Lifestyle Centre), Nineteen On The Green (Barbados Golf Club, Durants) and Priva Nightclub (1st Street, Holetown) – patrons will be able to enjoy ice cold, green Banks Beer straight from the keg.

“St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most fervently and wildly celebrated events in the world, especially for beer drinkers,” said Charles Walcott, category manager for Banks Holdings Limited.

“For the better part of the last decade, Banks Beer has been going green for St. Paddy’s Day. Every year we look forward to the day when Barbadians can put green Banks Beer to their lips.

“It really is a wonderful novelty, not only for beer drinkers, but for anyone looking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.”

Walcott noted that the crisp taste which is synonymous with the local brew would remain same.

“Rest assured, the green beer will taste exactly the same as the regular draught beer,” he said.

“Fresh batches of the green beer have already been mixed, and we will be deploying the kegs and canisters over the weekend for patrons to enjoy.”

St. Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of St. Patrick, is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated annually on March 17. It was made an official “feast day” in the early seventeenth century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church.

For Christians, the day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. However, it has also become a celebration of Irish culture in general with parades and festivals taking place worldwide, along with the wearing of green attire and shamrocks.

St. Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador, and strangely enough, the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat due to its founding by Irish refugees from St. Kitts & Nevis.

The holiday also commemorates a failed slave uprising in Montserrat that occurred on March 17, 1768.

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