If anyone has ever been to Irish 31, you know they like to think of themselves as, “the people’s pub” and they are certainly putting their money where their mouth is. And lucky for us, it’s where our mouths are too. They’ve introduced their “Be Our Board” series last month in which they invite their patrons to sit on a tasting panel to test out new menu options as well as beers that could possibly be added to their bar.

The events are held at both their Hyde Park and Westchase locations and are open to about 15 people. On this particular night we were treated to beers from Brew Bus Brewing. Their owner, Anthony introduced each beer that was paired up by a menu option from the chef. We tried everything from a Ham and Black Bean Quesadilla paired with an Are Wheat There Yet? to a delicious Corned Beef and Cabbage Boxty paired with a Rollin Dirty Beer.

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One thing I was pleased to see a few days later when I returned to Irish (don’t judge me) was that one of the crowd favorites, the Blueberry Kale and Quinoa Salad was the special. It was nice to see they were really taking our opinions to heart. While the salad was a good healthy option,  my favorite combination of the night had to be the Irish Cream Cheesecake with the Double Decker English Style Porter. I’m not usually one for a porter but we got creative and a few of us actually dipped our cheesecake into the beer for a delicious treat. (Seriously, try it- so yummy)

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The next Be Our Board event will be 8/26 at the Hyde Park location. Spots are limited so make sure to get in while you can. Head over to www.irish31.com/isociety -click on the Be Our Board graphic and register!  Cheers!

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