If you’ve ever wondered about all that green beer flowing on St. Patrick’s Day, talk to Pam Irish.
Irish is director of special events for the House of Schwan, Wichita’s Anheuser-Busch distributorship. And yes, that is her real name.
Irish would like to report that leprechauns sneak into the brewery at night to turn the beer green (kind of like those commercials for Lucky Charms).
Alas, the real story is that House of Schwan employees put green food coloring into kegs of beer for the bars that request it.
And a lot of bars request it. By Thursday, 93 kegs of the stuff were on order, with Larry Bud’s Sports Bar currently in the lead by taking 13.
"St. Patrick’s Day kind of kicks off the beer-drinking season," Irish said. "Summer’s kind of coming."
Another measure of the holiday’s popularity around the city are banners that the House of Schwan makes for bars, restaurants and clubs hosting St. Patrick’s Day parties.
At last count, the distributorship had produced 50 of those.
In other words, it doesn’t take the luck of the Irish to find a St. Patrick’s Day party. Still, if you’re running low in that department, here’s a look at some of the bigger events around town.