It was a March 14th morning when Vancouver’s Railtown Café owner Dan Olson discovered his phone had infinitely many hate messages—originating from people in Ireland. Apparently, this correspondence was in reaction to his establishment’s Facebook post—a terribly poured pint of Ireland’s famous stout. (The Irish are very proud…) In Railtown Café’s attempt to rally followers for St. Patrick’s Day, they’d apparently insulted The Irish—all the way in The Emerald Isle.
“There [were] some irate people up there, and believe me, there were some colourful comments,” Olson said in an interview. “Let’s just say that Jesus Christ was brought into it on more than one occasion. One comment actually said that Jesus wept when he saw our pint of Guinness.”
— Maca (@M2a2c2a) March 14, 2017
It wasn’t as if Olsen disagreed. “It was coming out of a can. It was frothing over the tip like you’d find a Budweiser in a tailgate commercial,” he explained. “So, instead of cascading up to have a nice, proper head like Guinness is supposed to, it was a mess.”
— Conor Dargle (@dargle_) March 14, 2017
[Source: Twitter/Conor Dargle]
The Guinness incident even made waves in the Irish Independent—they slapped Railtown with the “sacrilegious” ruler. Additionally, the Irish Mirror weighed in with “[it] caused Irish people everywhere to grimace in disgust.”
“We really annoyed an entire country,” Olson said—as he very well should admit.
— Gavin O’Connor (@gavinoconnor) March 14, 2017
[Source: TWitter/Gavin O’Connor]
Olsen apologized by stating, “The picture was not representative of us. We actually do know how to pour a Guinness. It was a mistake, and we take full responsibility for it.”
Olsen and his crew are humbly offering a pint of peace to all of Ireland. The Vancouver pub’s gifting “nicely poured” St. Patrick’s Day pints of Guinness with accompanying Jameson shot to Irish citizens who may stop by and present a valid passport. (If you’re from Ireland and visiting Vancouver, get over there NOW!)
“What’s St. [Patrick’s] Day without a room full of Irishmen drinking Guinness and Jameson?” Olson added.