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We are open at noon through the holidays. On Christmas doors open at 5pm with a firkin of Hairy Eyeball from Lagunitas Petaluma! Come join the neighborhood family Christmas night.

We are are grateful for everyone in the Shamrock community and wish you the very best holiday season and 2015.

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Cheers!

Everyone at The Shamrock

Hi Neighbors! We wish you all the best this holiday season. We’ll be having a couple get togethers and give-away

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On Monday Dec. 15th Lagunitas Sucks quarts will be on special with a gift and Hot Box’d Steamed Cheeseburgers will makes it’s Shamrock debut. Wear that obnoxious holiday sweater – check details here https://www.facebook.com/events/941984402508316/
Then on Dec. 22nd Guinness will be engraving pint glasses just in time for Christmas and Polpo’s pizza will return to serve some of the best pizza in town – check details at -https://www.facebook.com/events/794816803886974/guinnessglassengraving We’ll also be tapping

a firkin of Hairy Eyeball Christmas night – stay tuned and be safe!!!

american outlawsWe’re hosting Sarasota’s MLS Cup Final viewing party at 3 p.m., this Sun. Dec. 7.

70 inch screen, full sound, craft beer specials and food truck.

Come early and sign up to become an official American Outlaw! The Sarasota chapter is now forming and we’re hosting a sign-up event before and after the game. First ten receive a $25 gift certificate for later use at the pub.

Annual membership is $25, which includes:

  • shirt and bandana
  • access to early tickets for U.S. Soccer games
  • invitations to local events at the Shamrock
  • and more!!

Come cheer on America’s elite and hang with locals supporting U.S. Soccer. Indoor smoke-free and outdoor smoking area too.

Join Sarasota’s only official US Soccer Bar!

UPDATE: The Maximus Firkin will be tapped on Thanksgiving Day at 5pm. This is due to late delivery. Enjoy your holiday and be safe!!

Spend time with your loved ones, hug it out over turkey and just before that political debate breaks out amongst the 3 generations, jam out to Shamrock…
-Wednesday at 3pm we tap a firkin of cask conditioned Maximus IPA from Lagunitas.
-Thursday we open at 5pm and we’ll have a special homecoming performance from Teach Me Equals at 9pm.
-Black Friday Guinness pints are bigger and better at Shamrock, take a break and stop in, open at noon.
-Saturday MLS playoffs at 3pm(NY v NE) then Bird Tribe rocks at 9pm
-Sunday MLS playoffs again at 9pm, open at noon. Grab auntie Helen and stuff an IPA down her guzzle. It will be special.

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A nasty, dirty glass — NOT one of ours.

After a long day, you’re finally sitting down with a frosty brew. You’re ready to take that satisfying first gulp.

Stop. Take a careful look at your beer. See any bubbles sticking to the sides? How about the head, is it dissipating or disappearing completely?

While it may be fun to look for shapes in the foam or bubbles in your pint glass, those are indicators you’ve been given a dirty glass, one lined with a thin film of soap (gross!) or food (double gross!). A tainted glass ruins the intended flavor of a fine beer — brewers make every effort to keep their operations completely sanitized to preserve their intended flavors. Why should cleanliness stop at the brewery?

Here at the ‘Rock we always practice proper sanitizing protocol with our glassware. This begins with cleaning our keg lines every two weeks in addition to replacing them annually to ensure cleanliness from the keg to the glass. Our glasses are then hand cleaned and polished before they’re ready deliver your beer.

 

So how can you tell whether your glass is really clean? Look to the beer: a clean glass will support a thick head of foam, as the brewers intended, capturing the aroma of your brew. Foreign substances found on a dirty glass will disrupt the chemical balance of the foam and destroy it, turning that foamy head into a few straggling clusters with less aroma. Clean glasses will also look clean even when filled with beer, whereas a dirty glass will display bubbles of carbonation sticking to those nasty bits on the sides. Clean glasses will also distribute foam and bubbles in an even lacey pattern with each sip of beer. Bizarro patterns mean that, yep, you got a dirty glass.

While our floors may show the years, our glasses are always shiny in service of our carefully selected craft beers. You wouldn’t eat a five star meal off a dirty plate, would you?

Official US Soccer Bar LogoOnly three weeks until (American) football season, everyone — we’ve got to get to as much soccer in as we can! If you’re still basking in the World Cup afterglow like we are, come watch any and all of the upcoming futbol matches at downtown’s neighborhood pub!

We’re playing all the games (US and international, men and women) on our new 70″ big screen, and as y’all know, the Shamrock is the only Official US Soccer Bar in Sarasota and Bradenton. What.

Here’s the schedule of upcoming games. If your team or league is not included here, just post or comment below and we’ll find you a schedule. We can tune into (almost) anything, so seriously, let us know. Downtown’s neighborhood pub is the place to catch some real futbol, all year, and enjoy one of the best craft beer selections in Sarasota. See you soon.

We don’t have to remind you it’s hot. You know that. We will remind you, however, that we’ve got some special seasonal beers on tap for summer and, in even better news, we’re open at noon from now on!

Like Kalamazoo-based Bell’s Brewery? Now in the pub is their Amber Ale and their Oarsman Ale. Both are light, easy-drinking beers for summer, and with a lower ABV (5.8% and 4%, respectively), you can have several on a hot summer afternoon and stay cool. Their subtle, palate-cleansing tartness pairs great with food, too — including barbecue! We also carry traditional flavored syrups to accompany our entire selection of Berliner Weiss beers.

Lastly, we have one keg of Bell’s Kalamazoo Hopsoulution Ale, a double IPA special release. Hopsolution is one and done here at the ‘Rock, so if you want some you better hurry.

Once again, we’re open at noon everyday for day drinkers who want the best. We’ll also give you $2 ‘Gansett drafts from noon to 3pm during the month of August, just tell us you saw this post.

Thanks for making us downtown’s “king of craft beers!”

Slainte!

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This year’s FIFA World Cup has been a wild ride, and it’s not over. As the only Official U.S. Soccer Bar in Sarasota, we’ll have a watch party Sunday for the championship, when Germany will face Argentina. Who will take the match is anybody’s guess, with fantastic performances from both teams throughout the tournament. Don’t forget Brazil — they’ll play the Netherlands on Saturday for third place.

imagejpeg_0And, just in time for the Finals, we got 62% more TV! That’s like, half the pub. Seriously, we heard a few of you said the screen wasn’t big enough so we upgraded from a 55″ to 70″ flat screen and we’ll have it fired up all weekend.

Plus full sound and your favorite craft beers. Currently on tap, enjoy Cottonmouth and Stumpknocker from Florida’s Swamp Head Brewery and Lagunitas’ Little Sumpin’ Extra.

Thanks to all of you who’ve taken in the matches with us so far. Here’s the schedule for the weekend:

CHAMPIONSHIP:
Germany vs Argentina
Sunday July 13th, start time 3:00pm

THIRD PLACE:
Brasil vs Holland
Saturday July 12th, start time of 4:00pm

Come get loud with us and watch the 2014 World Cup Finals, after all it won’t happen again for another four years!!

From 8 to 10 p.m. every Monday through Aug. 18, local chefs are bringing their hottest summer small plates to the Shamrock. We pair them with Florida craft beers and great tunes by DJ Andy Viohl to give you a Summer Chef Jam!

$20 per person includes bottomless pints of at least four different Florida craft beers and three small plates from the chef. We’ll have three taps from Swamp Head weekly plus a featured local brew. Wristbands go on sale at the door one hour before the event starts. Get here early!

Here’s the schedule:

June 16: Libby’s Cafe + Bar
June 23: Mattison’s 41
June 30: Duval’s New World Cafe
July 7: Louies Modern
July 14: Michael’s On East
July 21: BREAK (no event)
July 28: Indigenous
Aug 4: Cafe Americano
Aug 11: Darwin’s on 4th
Aug 18: Jack Dusty

In partnership with Edible Sarasota, Ri Quisimo Food Truck, Swamp Head Brewery and Chefs Choice USA.

Check out our Facebook event page for this week’s menu. See you there!

The Shamrock is really going to be “hoppin'” this month.

While we’ve always known as a bit of a hophead spot, now we’ve got Dogfish Head’s Aprihop in the Pub while it lasts! Aprihop is an American IPA brewed with Pilsner and Crystal malts. It’s one of Dogfish’s most popular seasonal brews. Here are more notes from the brewery:

“After fermentation, the beer is dry hopped with irresponsible amounts of Amarillo hops. The beer has a hoppy aroma, with the apricots playing a supporting role.

“The flavor is rich with late hop notes, and its bitterness is tempered by just the right amount of malt sweetness and fruity undertones from the apricots.”

We’re pretty pumped about having this in the Pub and suggest you hurry in for a pint. Aprihop is on tap now, and we expect it to be gone within the next two weeks.

Here’s a quick vid with more: