BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Wednesday marked St. Patrick’s Day, and despite the COVID-19 pandemic people still showed up to celebrate at bars and breweries across the Baltimore area.

One popular spot was Guinness Open Gate Brewery. While it brews some great beers locally, the iconic Draught Stout is still brewed overseas.

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“Could we brew this beer here in the United States? Probably, but there is something romantic, something iconic about it still coming from its home,” brewery ambassador Ryan Wagner said.

It was the drink of choice for many like Heather Dean’s family, who choose to spend the day with her family drinking a pint and listening to some Irish music.

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“Especially after the last year, it’s been tough, and on a Wednesday we take off an afternoon of work, we enjoy each other,” Dean, who is 95% Irish, said.

In preparation for the holiday, Claddagh Pub in Canton made 1,000 pounds of corned beef, a dish that isn’t necessarily a traditional Irish meal.

“When you go over to the old country, you don’t see much of it,” one person said.

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Sean Streicher