St. Patrick’s Day sales brisk at local businesses

By Marianne Apfelbaum

Observer staff

It was close to a record day for McGillicuddy’s Irish Pub on Tuesday. According to owner David Nelson, the pub sold 3.5 kegs of Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day, and served 500 meals, including 12 briskets of corned beef.

Nelson also owns similar pubs in Colchester, Barre and Montpelier and estimated that a total of 16 kegs of Guinness were sold by the four locations during the St. Patrick’s celebrations in the past five days. Baker Distributing, which sells Guinness to local bars and restaurants, offered free Guinness swag at the Williston pub on Tuesday night, including T-shirts and funny, oversized hats.

In addition to Guinness ale, Davidson Brothers Irish Red Ale was also a popular choice.  Business was also brisk just down the Maple Tree Place sidewalk from the pub, where Beer Palate owner Brian Frary said he sold a case of Guinness, and lots of other stouts, too.

 “Overall for a Tuesday, total sales were about five times what they normally are,” he said.

 Half of the people who visited the store were looking for “Irish type beer, while others were just buying mixed six packs to take to get-togethers,” he said.

Tuesdays are usually his slowest day, he noted, as people wait until Wednesday to stop by, when his Heady Topper shipment comes in.