"To your health" is what we say in Ireland before partaking or a wee dram. The proper pronunciation is something like "slantcha," and the proper response is "Sláinte agad-sa," which translates to "To your health as well."
If you've visited Ireland, you notice that the traditional pubs aren't set up like the typical American bar. There's more room to sit and socialize, and lots of nooks and crannies to find a chair or two and sit a spell. That's because the company is just as important as the drink...not that the Irish are not particular about their drink! But a pub should be, first and foremost, a place to enjoy good friends, faces both familiar and newly familiar, good conversation and good times shared (which is about the best description of the term "craic," or "crack," that we can think of). With a bit of libation to keep the throat from getting dry.
We have tried to bring the spirit of the local pub to Oconomowoc. Our bar area is designed to make it easy to linger, and perhaps learn a bit more about the person to your right or left. We have stocked our taps with a personally selected variety of beers, our racks with wines to please every taste, and our shelves with perhaps the finest collection of authentic whiskeys and scotches in the state. To your health!
We serve all tap beers in an Imperial Pint Glass (19.5 oz) unless otherwise requested, so you'll get a bit more beer than usual in your standard order. Most of our customers do not object to this custom.
Imported and Micro-brewed Bottles
Irish Spirits: Don't Call Them "Scotches!"
Unlike its Scottish cousin, spelled "whisky," Irish Whiskey is distilled three times (scotch just twice). Many scotches also introduce peat smoke at some point in the distilling process, which gives the resulting drink its characteristic smoky overtones. Irish whiskey is noted for its smoother flavor and cleaner finish.
Rumors that this makes a hangover less likely are, alas, merely rumors. Rumors that this makes Irish whiskey less interesting than their Scottish brothers are simply incorrect: whiskeys are every bit as complex and rewarding. Try a few and you'll see.
Whiskey is best drunk neat, at room temperature, in a snifter or an old fashioned glass. It should be savored, giving time for reflection and good conversation; however, if you're in a rush, there's no harm putting it in your coffee!
It seems that you can find us on Facebook
We always thought you could find us in Oconomowoc, but we have it on good authority that you can find us here, as well. You can like us, you can really, really like us, and you can follow us...not that we were going anywhere, but there you have it. Will wonders never cease. And yes, we are most appreciative of all the support we received through Facebook during the resent dustup. But until you can share a pint there, here is still better!
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