Guinness Open Gate Brewery will have Irish food, live music, special beer releases, and St. Paddy's-themed merchandise every weekend.

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore is gearing up for something big. Last year, the coronavirus pandemic landed in the U.S. right ahead of the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. Parades and celebrations were canceled, and bars across the country were forced to close for one of the most profitable days of the year. This year, the Guinness Brewery in Halethorpe will be celebrating for 17 days with music, Irish food, and product and beer releases.

Guinness is also supporting communities near and far by baking bread and donating $600,000 to food banks across the country.

The Guinness Open Gate Brewery is increasing its capacity for St. Patrick’s day by adding a giant heated tent, turning the lot into a climate-controlled town square. Each weekend in March, the brewery will open to the public with beer, music, fun, and food. The weekends will start off with movie night every Thursday, beer releases on Friday, and live music from the 19th Street Band on Saturday and Sunday.

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On Wednesday, March 17, the brewery will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Visitors can enjoy food and beer specials all day long and pick up new Guinness and Notre Dame merchandise. There will also be traditional Irish dancers and live music throughout the day.

Admittance is first-come, first-serve and guests must follow all local health and safety ordinances.

When the pandemic began, the Guinness Open Gate Brewery began baking bread with the excess grain and donating the bread to local Maryland food banks. Maryland is featured in a new ad touting the Brewers bread project and encouraging people to celebrate at home this year. Guinness will be donating $600,000 to help food banks around the country and is asking fans to spread the word.

Just post #AToastTo and tag @GuinnessUS on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, and the company will donate $1 for each post.

Chef Corrine Liverman and Head Brewer Hollie Stephenson at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore; Courtesy of Guinness.