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Craft beer festival, parties lined up for St. Paddy’s Day
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Tap It's new mobile beer tap will be on hand for Gold on the Greenway on St. Patrick's Day at the Midtown Greenway. Photo courtesy of Ashley Bates. - photo by
ShamRockin’ for a Cure North Georgia

Where: Left Nut Brewery, 2100 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, March 10

Tickets: $75

Contact: 770-324-7328,

Gainesville has plenty to keep you busy in March, this time around St. Patrick’s Day.

The holiday — a holy day of obligation for Catholics in Ireland turned into an absurd alcohol binging day in the United States — is just around the corner, but Gainesville is keeping it classy with a couple of events allowing locals to cut loose while doing some good.

On Saturday, March 10, Left Nut Brewing Co. is hosting Shamrockin’ for a Cure, an evening of craft beer, North Georgia wine and fine food over at the Atlanta Highway brewery.

The event supports research into cystic fibrosis, for which there is currently no cure, and was organized by the McNeilly family and brewery investor Doug Dichting.

“Cystic fibrosis is not one of the selected research diseases or causes that the federal government funds,” Dichting said. “So all of the money to advance cystic fibrosis research comes from private funding.”

Tickets for the event are $75 and doors open at 7 p.m.

On St. Patrick’s Day itself, March 17, Gold on the Greenway is coming to the Midtown Greenway at 682 Grove St. behind the Gainesville Public Safety Complex.

Gold on the Greenway

Where: 682 Grove St., Midtown Greenway

When: 3 p.m. Saturday, March 17

Tickets: $25

Contact: Facebook

The all-day festival is headlined by country music performer Joe Diffie and includes the Allen Nivens Band and Ryan Casper.

Tap It will be on hand with its brand-new beer trailer — a mobile bar carrying up to eight chilled kegs — and has organized a mini craft beer festival for the day. Breweries on the truck on the holiday include Left Nut Brewing, Jekyll Brewing, Monday Night Brewing, Red Hare Brewing, The Southern Brewing Co. and Cherry Street Brewing. Along with Bud light and Michelob Ultra, according to Tap It’s Patrick McCormac.

Meanwhile, Longstreet Cafe, Johnny’s Barbecue, Hop’s Kitchen and Carniceria Tapatia will be serving food for the day, according to event organizer Molly Johnson.

Gold on the Greenway will raise money for the Rally Foundation, which funds childhood cancer research and assists families dealing with the disease.

“We’ve got, unfortunately, a lot of kids in our community that are affected by childhood cancer,” Johnson said, noting that nine children fighting cancer are helping to organize Gold on the Greenway.

Tickets cost $25 and include five beer samples. Proceeds from the event will go to the Rally Foundation, Johnson said. The nonprofit puts 96 cents of every dollar raised into its programs, she noted.

“I cannot say enough about the Rally Foundation,” said Johnson, whose son Riley has been fighting leukemia since 2016.

Gold on the Greenway opens at 3 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day, music begins at 3:30 p.m. and Diffie begins his performance at 8:30 p.m.

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