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Be the Office Party Hero this Holiday Season

Let me start this off by saying, I realize I am not normal. I actually love office gatherings. I honestly like to see people out of their typical ho-hum daily routine, snazzied up and letting loose a little bit. It’s when you learn your co-workers are actually interesting people. Not to say that I don’t think mine are interesting, but alcohol always loosens people up (fact) just enough to let you learn about their passion for travel or L.A.R.P.ing (for example).  Thing is, the moons have to really line up at an office party for conversation to go down a road that actually stimulates all parties involved. Because, no, I don’t want to talk about your 401k plan or how traffic on Tuesdays has been excessive lately  …but, when the music is good, the alcohol is premium, and the boss is on the other side of the room, all the sudden your co-worker stops being the waste management Nazi in the office to someone who is actually ……INTERESTING and (bonus) FUNNY.  Our own office pleasantries went off-color years ago (Thank God) and I actually enjoy being with my co-workers on and after hours.  I know I am lucky though.  Many of you are already dreading the Holiday Office Party with this year’s theme of “Forced Fun.” Even worse, imagine being saddled with the task of organizing that inevitable snooze fest? Yea, THAT person has it  waaay worse. The considerations are endless: Joan’s a vegetarian, Chris only drinks good whiskey, Tom always leaves early, and Pamela is really Debbie (Downer, who finds fault even with “free”).

Yea, I definitely want to focus on helping  THAT person out. I want to make the Office Party Planner the Office Party Hero. I want to know that after it is all said and done, Tom closed the bar down and the party planner (Hero!) did too. It’s fair to say that the Irish gauge a good night out by the hour the last folks headed home. To that, we gauge a well executed party at Tigín by how much a party planner enjoyed him or herself. Because planning a party should be smooth AND FUN …not all work, stress and budget crunching. So, here’s a quick list that I’d give any friend who sent me an email asking, “where the Hell do I start?”

1.   Shopping your Venue -

This can be daunting but you want to think about what would make most people happy at a Holiday party. We’re talking great food & drinks, and a cozy, fun atmosphere.  The benefit of an Irish pub is that it is a place everyone can agree on. Pick any place else and you risk being “too something” – too fancy (white tablecloth), too boring (sports bar), too drinky (bar-only) or, the Boss’ house (just too much Boss). Self-promotion aside, recommendations are still a great way to narrow the field.  Post a request on Facebook or shop around the reviews on Yelp and Open Table  …a great starting point and pretty reliable all around.

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The first contact is key.  You’ll know right away if you’re going to get along with the planner and if he or she seems fun and willing to meet your needs. Trust your gut. If you get off the phone with a smile on your face, you know you’re in good hands. Remember, if he or she is not excited now about doing business with you, don’t expect that to change.

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Sometimes the vetting happens only through email, so you need to be mindful of some early clues.  When a request is submitted, a (good) event planner is going to hit the ground running. They are likely 3 steps ahead of you already and eager to fill in the gaps. If you submit a request (no matter how detailed) and good questions don’t start coming your way …red flag.  These questions should pop up early in the planning process and are the #1 indicator that your event planner  1) cares  2) is experienced and  3) wants your business. The more they know, the better chance they have of putting together the kind of proposal that will make you swoon.

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4.  Personal Attention -

An event planner who sends you off to hunt information down, is an event planner you don’t want to deal with. An event planner should take on all the work …sending you all of your available options straight away. You need solutions to problems you hadn’t even considered yet.

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5.  Selling vs. Planning -

You have a (meager) budget and the boss is expecting miracles. A good event planner is going to offer up the best bang-for-your-budget options. Want to stretch the food?  Well, its helpful to know that event space lay out is as important as the types of food selected to make your budget stretch. And, your event planner should tell you.  You should not have to ask.

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Every good event planner has at least a little bit of Martha Stewart in him or her and your party, no matter the budget, deserves that special something.  Some of you have ideas and just need the venue to make it happen. Easy.  And, some of you don’t have a clue …that’s ok, too. Flowers, table decorations, your boss’ favorite whiskey, or Guinness chocolate treats …a good event planner has you covered.

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Every party planner has a day of check list. Ask about it. Seriously, early on, as you are going through your budget and picking out foods, etc. ask how you can have a good time at your own party.  A good party planner not only wants things to run smoothly for you but also wants you to have fun. Answering this question should be easy.

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Even before I started working at  Tigín, a Holiday gathering at the pub was always a treat.  I knew that the atmosphere was going to be on point (festive!). I knew I could count on good munchies and a great selection of drink. Most restaurants can do an equally great job in ticking those boxes off as well. But, the one thing that I always count on at the Pub, above all else, is the staff.  They are serving you but they are as much a part of the atmosphere as the music because they are actually enjoying themselves. They are in it for the night, moving in the same direction, together. It’s the difference between hospitality and service.  Cheers! Where everybody knows your name? We all love that kind of service.  But, when your server introduces herself and you want to remember HER name? …hospitality.  This is one of those squishy you-just-have-to-experience-it-to-know-it deals. Whether its a Friday night, Sunday brunch, a Holiday office party — you will always have that at  Tigín.

So, are you going to be the Office Party Hero this year?

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Beating the Hobgoblins – with Beer

It’s Fall and anytime is the right time for beer. So, let’s break out of our comfort zone and do something different with beer, like drink it at an unexpected time of the day or pair it with something other than a slice of pizza or a bag of chips.  It was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said that “foolish consistency was the hobgoblin of small minds”.  The point is, don’t settle.  And, as we celebrate the 2nd most popular American holiday, Halloween

aka Samhain, (pronounced saw-win), a centuries old Harvest Festival invented by the Irish

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…let’s expand our minds, and chase away those hobgoblins, who just might be preventing you from finding your next great beer experience!

Beer goes with EVERYTHING.

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Beer, it’s not always for breakfast, but when it is, you want something that’s easy drinking like a Heffe. Don’t get fooled, they aren’t just summer beers.  Brands like Hoegaarden or Allagash White go great with a pile of pancakes, smothered French Toast or a breakfast sandwich. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of lager being poured at Tigín on a Saturday morning while the footy’s on and that’s ok. But, I encourage you not to settle.  Your eggs deserve better than that.

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Keep this option simple. You’ve got an hour for lunch (maybe 90 minutes if the boss is out for the day) and, all those Huffington Post articles tell us that we should absolutely get out of the office for a little ME time. So, on that notion, Guinness is the premier choice of beer for lunch. Given its lower alcohol content (4.3%) and lower calories per pint (a can of coke has twice as much), Guinness is an ideal Tuesday beer.  Just one with a pub soup and sandwich and you’ll head back to the office, fighting fit and ready for those afternoon conference calls.

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No one needs to be told that a beer goes well with happy hour, but you may want to consider that this is actually the PERFECT time to try something you may not have otherwise tried. You are likely only staying for a couple so why not get the type of beer that you can only drink one or two of.   Many craft brewers pride themselves in packing a bit of a waloop in just a few ounces and, despite what the beer snobs claim, American-made Belgian crafts ales are a fantastic place to start. Schafly Grand Cru, fish tacos and Happy Hour  …next level stuff.

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No great story ever started with SALAD!  Well, that’s only because you weren’t washing it down with a Tigín Jameson and Ginger.   Not in the mood for wine with dinner? Over the past year or so this beer cocktail has become a favorite at the pub. It’s sweet and goes down like a dream and light enough to pair with a salad and a little protein.  I promise that you won’t be disappointed with a Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer and a little pop of Jame-O. Dangerously tasty (as they say), so consider this your appetizer for your late night.

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Beer ….your before AND Afters.

Beer and dessert. Just the idea of it makes me happy. Of course some beer IS dessert, like a Lindemans Framboise. They call this the beer for non-beer drinkers. That’s because its sweet and fruity and is such a treat. You’ll impress your date if you order this for dessert (well, you’d impress me anyways) and that’s because it comes in a big bottle, poured in a pretty little glass and is good for sitting and chatting just a wee bit longer at the table. Of course, if you aren’t on a date and just have a straight up sweet tooth, please don’t put down your beer after dinner. It’s a proven fact that chocolate goes great with beer. [According to me] most any beer out there pairs with chocolate. Here’s a fun article to back up my claims, but try for yourself. Any style works. Lagunitas IPA and a warm chocolate brownie ….Happy Endings.

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The Post-work out Pint

The first time I ever had a Magners Irish Cider was after a Sunday league soccer game.  It was a gorgeous Fall afternoon, I ran (enough), had no afternoon plans and was definitely up to join the guys for some food and a few drinks at the Pub after the game. One of my teammates ordered a Magners (over ice) and made claims to “pure magic in a glass”, which of course pushed me over the fence to give it a try. That was a few years ago now and cider is still my go-to beer after a work-out. Not suggesting that you booze it up every time you work out, but on the occasion, after a round of golf or an evening run, a couple of Magners Ciders or Stella Cidres  ….pure magic in a glass.

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Happy Beer Season!

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Tigín Guide to Beer Season

This time of year makes me giddy. The weather is fantastic, sports are in full swing and the beer is seasonal, fabulous and plentiful.  If you appreciate good beer-or even if you don’t-you can’t miss the plethora of options when you walk into a good beer bar or, Irish Pub- if you will (and you will).  It’s beer season and IPA, the darling of the craft brews and hipsters everywhere, takes a back seat to the autumnal spices, fresh off the vine hops, malted grains, and even pumpkins!

Believe it or not, its not entirely a marketing scheme either. It’s harvest season and the hop farmers are actually harvesting their crops.  But, it is easy to forget that all those cleverly named beers actually start in the dirt. And, what’s really cool is that even though big breweries purchase their barley and hops from big growers year round, you’ve got local craft breweries purchasing their essential ingredients from local farmers too. There’s a bit of a business ethos going on here that I do appreciate but even if that slides off the surface, you gotta love the fact that the variety of locally produced grains affects all the flavors too.  So, no …not every IPA tastes the same and nor do all those Pumpkin flavors, so do yourself a favor and try one (or two) this Fall. It’s worth it, trust us.

Even for the adventurous, the options can be a bit daunting.  If your bartender is a good one though, she’ll help you get to what you are looking for and you’ll have fun looking. To start, understanding beer styles is important (and not just if you own a bar or beer magazine). One of the best resources out there is the Beer Advocate …it’s a great site that allows consumers to rate beers, but they also do a great job of educating folks about beer.  They have a simple list that breaks down the categories from the styles. For example, American IPA, Pumpkin Ale and Rye Beer all fall under “American Ales”  …didn’t you know? Yes, “styles” are categorized by production method, ingredients, time and country of origin. So, more or less think country and then pick your type.

Let me be clear, I am no beer nerd. Those guys are a very special and niche group ….and are actually pretty helpful to have around too if you find yourself stuck at a geeked out beer bar with a bartender who tells you that you HAVE TO TRY the Westmalle Trappist Tripel (when you’re actually a Belgian Pale Ale kinda girl.)

That said, I do think that you should lean on your bartender. It’s beer season and you shouldn’t just order a Guinness or a Newcastle because you always do. Trust your bartender. Sure, it’s a power thing, but I am ok with that. Because I know that these guys get to sample the good stuff before the rest of us and often with a brewery rep providing a little back door education along with it.  My goal is to ask for something new and to discover something I love as much or more than my regular brew.

It really is amazing what: “what’ll you have” vs. “what do you like” does for a little banter and in finding a fun, new beer you like!  I am not speaking entirely from bias here when I say …you’ll actually get that at our Pub. Two reasons: First, we all really dig beer.  Second, you don’t need a PhD in marketing to understand that if you discover something new with us and have a bit of a laugh doing it, you’ll probably want to come back.  But not every bar is like that, so I wanted to provide you a simple but helpful way to navigate the beer scene.  I made the mistake with a doppelbock once. I was given no heads up that I was about to drink a “meal in a glass” …also known as “one and done”.  Just a wee taste would have spared me that and there are 2 ways to go about it:

  1. tell your bartender that you want something that tastes like your favorite beer X

  2. or, just try the 3 word rule.

For example, try  something like: “Hoppy, refreshing and sessionable”. Hoppy screams IPA and “refreshing and sessionable” is my way of telling Mr Bartender, I don’t want to the wear the flavor on my tongue like an old sweater AND I want to hang a while so keep the ABV% on the low side. And, if I am lucky I’ll get something that tastes like one of my favorites, Lagunitas IPA.

When it all comes together, sampling is so much fun. Case in point: just last week, I discovered Half Full IPA. Ah man! What a treat. It’s hoppy, refreshing and has such a light after-taste. Meaning, I wanted another …and, another.  And, since my grandmother always said you shouldn’t keep a public count of a ladies’ drink intake, I’ll leave it with that …a recommendation of a tasty, local craft brew.

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*Photo credit; Beer Advocate

Fall is the time to try new beers. So just ask your bartender for a taste. It’s really that easy.  At Tigín, we love adventures in beer and are happy to travel with you on yours.

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