Why limit your celebration of St. Patrick’s Day to just March 17? This year, you’re invited to celebrate the holiday all month long in the most Irish way possible this side of the Atlantic: by donning your best green garb and visiting the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore.
The brewery, located on 62 acres in Halethorpe, bills itself as the “only home of Guinness in America.” Opened to the public in 2018, the brewery welcomed one million visitors as of early 2022. Festivities kick off on Thursday. March 3rd, and throughout the month of March the brewery’s two-acre lawn will be transformed into The Irish Village, where visitors can experience Irish culture and heritage through live music, entertainment, trivia, beer and food specials, and more.
First and most importantly, the beer. The brewing team will release a different, special St. Patrick’s Day beer (on draught and in cans) each Thursday throughout the month, starting with Irish Breakfast Amber (4.8% ABV), an American amber ale brewed with Irish breakfast tea. And you can do more than drink your Guinness at the Open Gate Brewery. You can learn how to pour like a pro at the Perfect Pint Academy, or even print your picture on a pint. You’ve heard of a selfie? This is a “stoutie,” your face printed in malt extract on the head of the famed black and white beer.
You’ll need something in your stomach to soak up that stout. Food options abound throughout the month, from guided food-and-beer pairing workshops to the four-course ticketed beer dinner series in the Barrel Room on Sundays at 6 p.m. for $100 a person. Or visit the many food stalls inside The Irish Village including The Hollywood Oyster House, Seamus’ Soup House, Lord Calvert’s Chippy, and Heaney Grill & Mash. Of course, you will find traditional Irish fare like corned beef and cabbage and shepherd’s pie, but you can also feast on mussels with stout and Dublin coddle and coffee cake. There’s even a secret menu only in Gaelic. The only way to obtain the secret menu is to follow and DM the @GuinnessBreweryUS Instagram account with a four-leaf clover emoji. Oh, and you must place your order in the native language.
Heated tents and firepits will keep you cozy as you take in the live entertainment. The 19th Street Band, whose lead guitarist and vocalist hails from Northern Ireland, performs every Saturday in March and on St. Patrick’s Day from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., while local cover bands take the stage on Thursday nights. Traditional Irish dancers from the McGrath Morgan Academy will step lively each Saturday and Sunday and on St. Patrick’s Day.
The Irish Village will be open March 12, 13, 17, 18, and 19 with free entry for all guests. Food specials and experiences are available for a fee only on certain dates. Check out the schedule and book your spot now at guinnessbrewerybaltimore.com. The brewery is open every Thursday through Sunday, including special operating hours on St. Patrick’s Day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
In honor of the Paddy’s Day and Guinness’s commitment to giving back to the communities it serves, the Open Gate Brewery will make donations to community partners Sharp Dressed Man and Civic Works Real Food Farm.
To keep up to date with the latest news, follow @GuinnessBreweryUS on Facebook and Instagram. Share photos of your St. Patrick’s Day experience at the brewery on social media using #GuinnessBmore. Whether enjoying a pint at the Open Gate Brewery in Maryland, at the Guinness Storehouse in Ireland, or anywhere in between, please do so responsibly.