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Thursday, March 22, 2007

MTTT- O'Duffy's

Mark this date: March 22 - Pam wore sandles for the first time in Michigan in 2007. Spring is here!

March’s MTTT was held at O’Duffy’s Pub, Kalamazoo’s True Irish Bar, on March 15. We dubbed it “Saint Practice Day”. Another great turnout with nearly 20 of us taking over half the pub. Our sales managers were in town so they joined this lively drinking group. Plus a few newbies showed up. Since there are no TV’s in this pub to watch the NCAA basketball games, a small contingent headed to Wayside West later that night. As many know because I’m pretty vocal about it, I loathe Wayside, but they twisted my arm and I swallowed my pride and made an appearance. Luckily, the place was not that busy so the clientele wasn’t the normal college-age, drunken idiots that normally frequent this place. We played pool and had some good laughs. Luckily I had Friday off, which was a blessing since it was pretty late night.
Pam, John, & Bob

O’Duffy’s is an often overlooked Kalamazoo pub. It is located in an old residential neighborhood near old Central High School. The owners, Jamie and his wife, have created a nice establishment. O’Duffy’s is on the main floor and Cosmos Cucina is upstairs and is the main dining area.

With Saint Patrick’s Day just around the corner, the pub had a wonderful Irish Stew, which was very popular and delicious. Plus, of course, Guinness and Harps on tap.

Did you know there is a little-known art to pouring a pint of Guinness? While most bars transformed into madhouses full of green-clad patrons on Saturday for Saint Patrick's Day, I thought it would be appropriate to ease the foot off the pedal and take a careful look at one of Ireland's most famous exports.

If you prefer a green-dyed domestic beer, you may not have the patience to wait for the perfect Guinness, but to discerning beer drinkers -- or beer snobs, as those watery-beer-drinkers may call them -- there is a point to the proper pour. Few local bars follow the guidelines and fewer did it Saturday as I’m sure elbow-to-elbow patrons barked for drinks, but on Saint Patrick's Day it seems only proper to enjoy a pint as it was intended.

The best is O'Duffy's Pub where head bartender Amy Steger employs a rare three-stage pour and tops it off by drawing a shamrock in the head. Most bars pour Guinness all at once, and some will take two pours to finish the pint as recommended by Guinness. O'Duffy's was recently given the "gold standard award'' by Guinness for its delicate pour. When it’s done right, the rich smooth flavor of Guinness will be brought out.
Check out all my O'Duffy photos at: http://www.kodakgallery.com/Slideshow.jsp?mode=fromshare&Uc=4wl3f2j.665tcwv&Uy=-4fucz3&Ux=0

The April MTTT will be April 19 at an undetermined location. I’m open for any and all suggestions.

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