Syracuse, NY – The larger-than-life figure who invented Syracuse’s annual Green Beer Sunday (and maybe even Green Beer) will be absent but certainly not forgotten at this year’s celebration.
Green Beer Sunday takes place on March 27 in and around Coleman’s Authentic Irish Pub on Tipperary Hill. It will be the first since the death of pub landlord Peter Coleman last summer.
Often wearing a tam o’ shanter or a tall black “Beefeater” hat, Coleman was the event’s founder, host, first beer pourer, main joke teller – and guy who had the most fun. . He started the tradition of the last Sunday in February in the early 1960s.
It’s hard to imagine the event Coleman always called the kickoff of “St. Patrick’s Day Season” without him. But the Coleman family will do their best.
“Obviously it will be different emotionally this year,” said Dennis Coleman. “But we have to remember that he will have the best place in the house. We have to give him a good show. He certainly wouldn’t want anyone crying.
Although special tributes are planned for this year, Dennis Coleman is not ready to give many details. “You’ll have to go out and see,” he said.
As in the past, this year’s event features a tanker truck “full of green beer” racing less than two blocks from the green-on-red traffic light of Milton and Tompkins streets to Tompkins and Lowell’s pub.
He is accompanied by pipers, Irish dancers and special guests. He arrives for the first pour and toast around noon.
Then the real festivities begin. There is beer and food. Mere Mortals music starts at 3 p.m.
Eventually almost all of Tipperary Hill joined us.
Last year’s Green Beer Celebration was somewhat restrained, of course, with no parade, reserved seating at the bar, and drive-through beer pickup. In 2020, a regular Green Beer Sunday took place just weeks before the first wave of the Covid pandemic hit.
That’s part of the reason the Colemans aren’t planning any big changes this year.
“We weren’t able to do it last year the way we would like to,” Dennis Coleman said. “So really, this year it’s kind of the same old thing, which might be a little boring, but sometimes the same old thing is what everybody wants.”
Green Beer Sundays at Coleman’s began in the early 1960s. At the time, the pub was a small neighborhood bistro that Peter had taken over after his father’s death. Coleman was usually so busy on St. Patrick’s Day that he never got to enjoy it.
So he and his friend George Terpening, owner of a trucking company, came up with the idea of bringing in a tanker truck full of “green beer from Ireland” to kick things off at the end of February. Coleman did a show of the truck pouring the beer into “giant underground receptacles” to satisfy the thirsty crowds until St. Patrick’s Day.
“I called George Terpening (of the Terpening Trucking Co.) and said, ‘Let’s do something ahead of time, maybe a little silly, but to give St. Patrick’s Day a head start. “, Coleman recalled. “So he takes the tanker and green beer day begins. And we have to enjoy it.
Green beer sunday
When: Sunday March 27. The tanker stops around noon. The group Mere Mortals takes the stage at 3 p.m.
Or: Coleman’s Authentic Irish Pub, 100 S. Lowell St., its “Tipperary Square” pavilion and surrounding area.
What: The world’s shortest parade, with pipers, accompanies the arrival of the Green Beer tanker. A few words are spoken. Beer is served.
Grand Marshal 2022: Jean Doner, a longtime resident of Tipp Hill and neighbor of the pub and friend of the Coleman family. (She is also a regular at Coleman’s on Saturday afternoons).