Four different Irish red ales are setup for a blind taste test, with giant white question marks painted on the sides of the glasses.

13 – We Celebrate Irish Heritage COVID-19 Style



In this strange episode, after all the St. Patrick’s Day parades are cancelled, we make our own celebrations. First, we bang our pints of ale to the tunes of Blame The Whiskey. Next, we learn some Irish fun facts and tidbits from the president of the Shamrock Club of Sacramento. Finally, we hold a magical final gathering at the “pubvilion” and challenge folks to tell us which Irish red ales are Irish-made or American-made in a blind taste test. That, and our usual craic on this episode of Life in 16 oz.

Shownotes

Irish Beers (6:35)
True Symmetry Brewing / Joseph Paganucci, Blame the Whisky (14:28)
Irish Heritage with Chris Brown, President of the Shamrock Club of Sacramento (27:22)
Homage to Irish Beers / Blind Taste Test of Irish Red Ales (38:57)

The five members of Blame the Whiskey are seen performing at the True Symmetry Brewing Company's taproom.
Newgrass/Irish fusion band Blame the Whiskey performs at the True Symmetry taproom in Suisun City. It was one of the last opportunities to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. (Life in 16 oz./Paul Wade)
Brandon McCarty sits with a flight of beers on his table decorated for St. Patrick's Day inside the True Symmetry Brewing Company taproom.
Brandon enjoys his True Symmetry beer, and one of his last chances to go out, while taking in the tunes of Blame the Whiskey in Suisun City. (Life in 16 oz./Paul Wade)
Brandon McCarty and Paul Wade are seen posing with their pints of dark beers inside of de Vere's Irish Pub in Davis.
Brandon and Paul at de Vere’s Irish Pub in Davis. They got dressed up and ventured out into Sacramento and Davis to spread some Irish cheer at the beginning of the Coronavirus shutdown. They walked into five bars and pubs and tempted people to steal Brandon’s gold and his lucky charms. (Life in 16 oz./Paul Wade)
Brandon, dressed in full leprechaun regalia poses with a woman that dared to get close to him.
Brandon poses with a fellow patron of Sean Finnegan’s Pub in Sacramento.  (Life in 16 oz./Paul Wade)
Brandon, with a pipe in his mouth and dressed in full leprechaun regalia while holding a fake pot of gold, poses with a large group of young women dining outside at de Vere's Irish Pub in Davis.
Brandon poses for a group photo with patrons of de Vere’s Irish Pub in Davis. Brandon and Paul had dressed up and ventured out into Sacramento and Davis to spread some Irish cheer at the beginning of the Coronavirus shutdown. They walked into five bars and pubs and tempted people to steal Brandon’s pot of gold and his lucky charms. (Life in 16 oz./Paul Wade)
Brandon, dressed like a leprechaun and with a sly look on his face, opens his coat to give us a better look at all the flair hanging around his neck during a St. Paddy's Day get together at Paul's pubvilion.
Brandon reveals his lucky charms while celebrating St. Paddy’s Day at Paul’s pubvilion. (Courtesy photo/Michelle Halpin)
About a dozen green, beaded necklaces featuring a variety of charms that were hanging around Brandon's neck.
Brandon’s lucky charms. Apparently no one was interested in stealing them. No. One. (Courtesy photo/Michelle Halpin)
Kraig Taylor, left, wearing a green plaid Scottish kilt with proper knee-high length socks, poses with Brandon McCarty, who is dressed like a green velour suit-wearing leprechaun topped with an oversized hat, and bright yellow socks with a bright yellow vest under his coat to match.
Kraig Taylor, the Scotsman, and our leprechaun Brandon, clink cups during a wet and wild Irish Heritage celebration at Paul’s pubvilion. (Life in 16 oz./Paul Wade)
Paul and Oveta look on as Henry is seen holding a glass to his nose inside the Life in 16 oz. studio in Fairfield (aka Paul's garage).
Paul and Oveta look on as Henry focuses on the aroma of the Irish red ale he is about to try as part of the blind taste test of Irish red ales we conducted in one of our recording studios, aka Paul’s garage. The four beers featured for the blind tasting were: Smithwick’s Irish Red Ale, O’Hara’s Irish Red, Paul Wade’s homebrewed Irish red ale, and “Brewer Bill’s” homebrewed Irish red ale. Could the tasters figure out which ones were which? Listen to the podcast to find out! (Courtesy photo/Michelle Halpin)
Brandon is seen in Paul's recording studio while he observes someone taking part in a blind taste test of Irish red ales.
Brandon in the Fairfield recording studio, aka Paul’s garage, while he and Paul conduct the blind taste tests for the Irish red ales. (Courtesy photo/Michelle Halpin)
Paul is seen wearing his St. Paddy's Day garb while talking into his mic and waving his hands around while recording the podcast. Brandon is seen in the foreground waving his fingers at Paul.
Paul chats away into his mic while he and Brandon record the blind taste test portion of their St. Paddy’s Day podcast. (Courtesy photo/Michelle Halpin)