Sober Saint Patrick ~ Just imagine it: a sober St. Patty’s Day celebration!
Oh yes, I did. I just dared to suggest we can have a ton of fun celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day without suffering from a hangover the next day. Okay sure, there may be a long-standing stereotype about the hard drinking habits of the Irish (which may or may not have truth in it) but let’s embrace the fact that the Irish also love TEA!
Mind you who doesn’t enjoy a tasty cuppa tea? Of course it was them who brought the world the popular Irish Breakfast Tea! So with your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, keep an open mind for stocking (or bringing!) different beverage options for your party such as a variety of tea, and the brands of beer demonstrated in the click-open slideshow.
I personally applaud how far non-alcoholic beers have come over the last few years. If there’ll be beer served at your party, or the one you’re attending, splurge on quality European NA beer (Non-Alcoholic) as a smart option. Hey if you enjoy whiskey with moderation, go for it! Beer? Ditto. Whether you do or don’t drink, provide nice alternatives and encourage people to know that there are options. Especially those everyday heroes disguised as designated drivers.
If you are one of those everyday heroes yourself, purchase a six-pack of these tasty treasures and cheers the night away. Here’s an extra hearty toast for you. Good on ya! My hat is off to you. Have an awesome time and role model for everyone how it’s done. Cheers!
Sources for slideshow information:
The Best Non-Alcoholic Beer, by Brent Rose, September 2013
Best Non-Alcoholic Beers, by Jordan St. John, December 2013
Check out this entertaining NYT article that helps prove you can still enjoy taking in the pubs while travelling through Ireland even as a non-drinker: Drinkless in Ireland: Pubs but No Pints
Here’s my all-time favourite shout out for sobriety. As good ol’ rock n’ roller Kim Mitchell sings in this YouTube video, We might as well go for a soda; nobody hurts, and nobody cries… Might as well go for a soda, it’s better than slander; it’s better than lies! Party sober. You’re up for it, and I say, Good on ya!