This year, what is perhaps the country's favorite drinking holiday -- St. Patrick's Day -- will grace us with its presence on a Tuesday (March 17, to be exact).
While most South Floridians have mastered the art of drinking any day of the week and almost any time and place, the masses will still be looking forward to a number of early St. Paddy's Day-themed celebrations going down this weekend.
This Saturday, that list will include the World of Beer (WOB) in Coconut Creek, which will celebrate the luck of the Irish all day long for its fourth-annual WOB Block Party.
As the number of independent craft breweries continues to grow across the Sunshine State, there's no denying that each plays an important role in continuing the local boom in the craft beer industry. To celebrate, WOB Coconut Creek will bring together the best South Florida breweries to celebrate the spirit of the Irish in craft beer culture.
Whether patrons claim Irish heritage or just want to bask in the green celebration, they can discover the unique styles and specialty beers of WOB-Coconut Creek.
This year, the Block Party will be one shamrockin' celebration featuring tons of new beer releases, free food for Loyalty Club members, charity raffles, and live music.
Good beer bars don't just let their patrons drink beer on St. Patrick's Day -- they also provide free food. On Saturday, complimentary eats will be donated by Tucker Duke's for Loyalty Club members who wear their shirts. The free fare starts at 12:30 p.m. Loyalty Club members who wear their shirts can also anticipate a special surprise giveaway.
Everyone will be able to enjoy the sounds of the live music acts scheduled for the day, including performances by the Sosos at 1 p.m., Thought Monkey at 3 p.m., Dead Man's Reach at 6 p.m., and Making Faces at 9 p.m.
Throughout the day, WOB will conduct raffles to benefit the South Florida chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS), a nonprofit that assists in supporting family members left behind by law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
Guests can bid on prize baskets provided by local brewery partners including Cigar City Brewing Co., Lost Coast Brewery, Funky Buddha Brewery, Shipyard Brewing Co., and Due South. In addition, Dupont Brewery and Radeberger Brewery merchandise will be raffled for guests, as well as some other beercentric prizes.
Now, for the most important news: WOB Coconut Creek will release more than 16 new beers to guests on Saturday, March 14, including Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Barrel Aged, Due South Curse of the Irish Red, Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter, Dogfish Head (DFH) 120 Minute 2015, DFH Raison D'Extra, DFH Kvasir, DFH Festina Peche, DFH Theobroma, Original Sin Northern Spy Cider, J. Wakefield Harbinger Hazelnut Coffee Imperial Stout, Rogue Irish Lager, Oskar Blues Pinner, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Aged IPA, Terrapin Liquid Bliss, and Prairie Bomb.
The St. Paddy's Day releases will also include four new bottles: Rogue XS Imperial YSB (seven ounce), Rogue XS McRogue Wee Heavy (seven ounce), Rogue XS Imperial IPA (seven ounce), and Rogue Irish Lager (22 ounce).
The Coconut Creek WOB Fourth Annual Block Party will take place March 14 from noon to 2 a.m. World of Beer is located at 4437 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek. Call 954-984-0300, or visit http://worldofbeer.com/Locations/CoconutCreek.
Nicole Danna is a food blogger covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.
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