Anything that comes with a "practice" session and involves alcohol is a good idea in my book. Practice makes perfect, right? So prepare yourselves for some training on the 16th annual "St. Practice Day," Feb. 15, otherwise known as "The Great Guinness Toast."
On this day, Guinness drinkers across the country try to break the world record for the largest simultaneous toast. Since 1993 when it began, The Great Guinness Toast has broken its own record every year. It's a lofty goal, it's an occasion for camaraderie-and, it's an excuse to drink Guinness. (I wonder if you can toast with an Irish Car Bomb instead of just a sip....)
Anyway, you don't have to be Irish, but you do have to be at McGinley's Pub at 7 p.m. on Feb. 15 to assist the Anchorage effort. The Rogues & Wenches will host the toast festivities starting at 6:30 p.m. For $8.50 you can get a 20 ounce Guinness glass (and the Guinness in it) to keep, and for $5.50 you can buy a regular Guinness pint. And no, you can't be counted for the toast record with a Bud Light. Arthur Guinness would turn in his grave.
As those quirky, old-fashioned Guinness guys say on the website: "Create an annual record-breaking consumption event where everyone is drinking Guinness Beer? Brilliant!" Check out the countdown and more information at www.thegreatguinnesstoast.com.
-- by Jessica Bowman