St. Patrick’s Day is this Sunday, and already, the celebrations have begun. From parades to pub crawls, there’s no question that these next few days (and possibly beyond) will bring out the Irish in everyone. For you folks across the pond in New Jersey, there’s one Princeton-based pub that’s going all out in its Erin Go Bragh-like efforts.
The Alchemist and Barrister has been considered one of the town’s most beloved spots for over 25 years. With standard favorites, seasonal selections, and a vast selection of bottled and draft beers, including local favorites from Dogfish Head, Troegs, Yards, and Riverhorse, there’s always something for everyone. With over 50 bottle selections, including a few gaelic selections to compliment this weekend's festivities, it’s clearly one of Princeton’s best beer spots. Its atmosphere, friendly staff, and local clientele have deemed this pub, and rightfully so, the “Cheers of Princeton.”
But in addition to the great food, great friends, and of course, the over-abundance of bagpipes that you will encounter this weekend, the pub is using St. Paddy’s Day to show off its charitable side.
Every year the “A&B” holds its annual Longbeard Contest to benefit a local charity or family in need. This year they are raising funds for the Kenwood family, in memory of Michael Kenwood, an EMT who lost his life in a rescue attempt during Hurricane Irene. A la “Movember,” participants start clean-shaven at the beginning of February, honoring those with the most bodacious of beards. And while it may be too late to flex your whisker-growing muscles, donations in the form of monetary contributions and sales proceeds will be accepted during this event.
And what would the day be without an Irish-inspired menu? Some featured items include: Irish kettle chips, house made chips with crispy smoked bacon, Irish cheddar, blue cheese and scallion and Guinness braised short ribs, among many others.
For more information including a full list of St. Patrick’s celebrations, visit their website. Cheers! Or as the Irish would say, Sláinte!