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Hooley the Weekend Away at Raglan Road

Written By Scott Joseph On September 2, 2016

Hooley beer

It’s Labor Day Weekend, the antonymically named holiday when labor is the last thing on your mind. Signaling the unofficial end of summer, Labor Day Weekend is meant for having a good time, eating barbecue and drinking cold beer. It’s uniquely American.

So why, then, should you consider going to the Great Irish Hooley at Raglan Road? Because it’s a good time, you can eat barbecue and they’ve got some great cold beer.

In fact, for this year’s hooley they’re featuring an American beer. And not just American, local. The folks at Raglan Road have partnered with the guys at Crooked Can, the Winter Garden craft brewery, to create a special brew.

And it’s pretty good, too. It’s called the Tri-wishes Grand Red Irish Ale, and Crooked worked with the master brewer at Arthurstown Brewing Co., chef Kevin Dundon’s facility in Ireland. (When I visited Dundon’s resort in 2015, the brewing tanks were just getting installed, but it looked like Arthurstown and Crooked Can are at the same level in terms of output — and seriousness.)

But you’re probably wondering what a hooley is and how and Irish hooley compares to, say, an Armenian one. I’ll let Raglan Road partner Paul Nolen explain in the Facebook Live video below from a media preview on Thursday.


While we watched some of the musicians and dancers — and really, folks, they’re phenomenal — we sampled some of the dishes that are available at Raglan Road this weekend, including the Rack of Heaven, a full rack of baby back ribs with a glaze fashioned out of Guinness.

Hooley rack

Hooley entertainment

I’ve said many times that Raglan Road is one of the most underrated restaurants in the area. The food is exceptional — it isn’t all traditional Irish food but rather creatively crafted takes on your favorites —and the staff, most of them from Ireland, all demonstrate the kind of welcoming warmth you get when you visit Ireland itself. And by the way, they’ve thrown a ton of money and resources into this year’s hooley entertainment.

Go, enjoy, for we labor on Tuesday.

The Great Irish Hooley happens Friday through Monday. Visit the Raglan Road website for the full schedule. (Mute your computer or device because the site features an annoying talking character.)

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