Guinness Cellarman Perfect Pour- St. Patrick Weekend at The Ceili Cottage
Guinness Cellarman Perfect Pour (#GUINNESSSPW)- The Ceili Cottage
Two Irish Ambassadors- David Tunney and Mark “Happy” Rossiter, flew in directly from Ireland to help host the Guinness Cellaraman Perfect Pour event at the ‘yurt’ located on the patio in front of the Ceili Cottage in the east end of Toronto on March 13, 2014, just in time for St. Patrick’s day!
Ceili (pronounced Kay-lee) means a social gathering of dance, music, and drinks in Irish language. The Irish celebration started out as you would expect, with a pint or two (or three) of Guinness! Guinness Global Brand Ambassador and Master-brewer Fergal Murray demonstrated the six steps of the “the perfect pour” and even let us have a try. Patrick McMurray, owner of the Irish Local Ceili Cottage, had the yurt hand-made and hand-painted in Mongolia before being shipped to Canada, then installed on the patio to allow for use in the cold Ontario winters. Although the structure is derived from Central Asia and not Ireland, it seemed oddly appropriate for the event, a warm and intimate setting for twenty people.
The Ceili Cottage offered unique foods imported from Ireland including Clarenbridge Bay, and Galway Flats oysters which were sampled along with the Guinness. A cheese plate with a veal terrine and an Irish salmon which is peat smoked in Canada were also presented. Large wild boar meatballs paired well with the drink. An evening or Irish beer, Irish food and Irish culture in this centre of Celtic culture was a precursor to the many other St. Patricks day events in the city.
(photos by Tanya)