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Irish Mafia Brewing Co. settles into East Bloomfield

Mark Mansfield knew he wanted his craft-brewing business to have some tie to Ireland.

So Mansfield binge watched Irish movies of all sorts — new, old, funny, serious. Nothing stuck.

As a vice president of corporate sales at Corsair Display Systems at the time, Mansfield, who said he is half-Irish, traveled a lot. On one business trip he was reading the book “Black Mass” about Irish gangster Whitey Bulger.

Inspiration.

“Halfway through it, I shut the book. I leaned right over to the guy next to me and said, ‘What do you think of the Irish Mafia Brewing Company?’” Mansfield said. “He said, ‘That’s awesome. Is that your company?’ I said, ‘Yep.’ And that’s the not-so-sexy story of our name.”

And in November, the Irish Mafia Brewing Company opened on Whalen Road, near the intersection with Routes 5 and 20 known as Toomey’s Corners. Mansfield’s mother is a Toomey.

“It’s kind of cool to bring the Toomey back to Toomey’s Corners,” Mansfield said. “Just coming back to Bloomfield is a big thing for me. I spent the most important years of my life, which is developing and friendships and a sense of home, here.”

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