Monday, November 20, 2017

Brigit's Bathtub (and other beer-related bits)

I love how much beer culture is becoming aware of our lady of the lake of ale. I  have written about beer (or ale) in this blog before. Check here for previous posts.

Amy Panetta clued me in to St. Brigid's Bathtub Pub, in Detroit, Michigan. According to the website Downtown Detroit Bars,

Bathtub Pub

If you look up the phrase "dive bar" in the dictionary, a photo of St. Brigid's Bathtub Pub with surely be in the margins of the page. That is in no way a bad thing, though. Located directly next to the famous American and Lafayette Coney Islands, a block from Campus Martius, and a large number of busy office buildings, the Bathtub Pub is in a prime location for late night, post-show or -game drinks and bar food, or for after-work cocktails. While the interior of the place isn't going to win any awards, it has a charming and refreshingly rustic, traditional design that will make you feel like you are in the set of a Cheers-esque sitcom. The drink prices are more than reasonable, and the menu, while modestly -sized, is some of the best greasy spoon food in town. Don't skip the Bathtub Pub next time you're walking by, you won't regret it.
St. Brigid's Bathtub Pub
129 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

There is nothing horribly Irish about the menu, but according to they serve (among unsurprising pub foods) these two features:

Potato Cheddar Ale Soup $3.00+ 
Brigid's Burger $8.00An 8 oz. burger topped with bacon, caramelized onions, swiss and cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomatoes.

The first sounds about right, Brigit-wise; though she wouldn't have had access to potatoes in the fifth century, they are still pretty Irish, aren't they? Not sure about the ingredients of the burger, but hey.

In Minnesota there is another Brigidine pub, Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, 317 Beltrami Ave NW, Bemidji, MN 56601, USA.



(218) 444-0567


317 Beltrami Avenue
Bemidji, MN 56601

BRIGID'S CROSS IRISH PUB & RESTAURANT is named for the patron saint of agriculture, farmers & fishermen, St. Brigid of Kildare. Our mission is to bring a piece of the Emerald Isle to you with traditional & unique Irish fare, premium imported & regional beer, fine Irish whiskey & a remarkable staff. We encourage the whole family to come in for an Irish adventure ~ without the jet lag. Whether it be traditional games & activities for the wee ones (or the young at heart), a night out on the town or a special occasion...make Brigid's Cross a part of your celebration.

The Story of Brigid's Cross

Brigids Cross takes it's name from Ireland's most well-known female patron saint, St. Brigid of Kildare, and her woven-reed cross. Also known as Mary Of The Gael, St. Brigid is widely known as the patron saint of agriculture, specifically dairy. She was allegedly quite the multi-tasker - establishing the first co-ed monastery, a school for decorative ironwork, feeding the hungry and she is even said to have been able to turn milk into ale! St. Brigid's Cross is traditionally woven in the early spring from young river rushes. It is then hung over doorways to protect the family and is still given to newlyweds and young families even today.
St. Brigid's patron saint day is February 1st. On that day at the pub we pay homage to St. Brigid and honor her miracle of turning milk into beer by offering a free pint to each of our customers and friends between 5 and 6 PM. The pub keeps a fresh supply of woven crosses from the river Shannon year-round for you to hang over your doors as well as jewelry fashioned after the Brigid Cross.
What better patron saint could a neighborhood pub have but one associated with feeding the hungry, protecting the family, and turning milk into beer? Whatever your persuasion, we think you will find comfort in the food, a bit of respite, and maybe even a little religion in every pint!

BeerSmith offers this recipe for Saint Brigid's Bath Water (beer):

St. Brigid's Bath Water - v1.1 

All Grain Recipe

Submitted By: derrickp (Shared) 
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Batch Size: 5.65 galStyle: Irish Red Ale ( 9D)
Boil Size: 6.38 galStyle Guide: BJCP 2008
Color: 14.8 SRMEquipment: Mythic Brewing
Bitterness: 23.0 IBUsBoil Time: 60 min
Est OG: 1.055 (13.7° P)Mash Profile: Single Infusion, Full Body
Est FG: 1.016 SG (4.1° P)Fermentation: My Aging Profile
ABV: 5.2%Taste Rating: 30.0

5 lbsMunich Malt (9.0 SRM)Grain1
5 lbsPale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)Grain2
12.00 ozCaramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM)Grain3
10.40 ozCaramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM)Grain4
10.40 ozCaramunich Malt (56.0 SRM)Grain5
0.32 ozBravo [14.5%] - Boil 60 minHops6
0.25 ozGalena [12.5%] - Boil 20 minHops7
0.25 ozWillamette [5.5%] - Boil 5 minHops8
1 pkgsIrish Ale (Wyeast Labs #1084)Yeast9
And Great Divide in Denver offered (but does not still offer) St. Bridget's Porter:
Serve in English pintShaker

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St. Bridget, a legendary Irish saint, created a sensation by turning her bathwater into beer. What better way to celebrate her worthy miracle than with our zymurgistic tribute to her feat, St. Bridget’s Porter. St. Bridget’s is a smooth, elegant, and chocolaty brown porter. Brimming with coffee and chocolate characteristics from dark barley malts, St. Bridget’s is carefully hopped to provide the perfect complement to its malty robustness.

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