Eat, Drink and Be Murphy: A year and counting

The luck of the Irish works in mysterious ways.

The grand opening of the Irish Mafia Brewing Company was delayed, but more bad news was on the way — shortly before opening, the nearby Nedloh Brewery closed up shop.

Throw in a few lessons about building maintenance and a health issue for owner Mark Mansfield, yes, it’s no wonder why he said he feels as if he’s been on a roller-coaster ride — and he’s learned a lot in his first year of business.

“Somebody used to tell me, all the best lessons in life cost the most money,” Mansfield said. “In that way, I should be a professor.”

Luck is important, but perseverance goes a long way in the restaurant and bar business.

This Sunday marks the official one-year anniversary of the Irish Mafia Brewing Co., although dinner specials, raffles, live music and a silent auction are planned all day Saturday. Visitors can enjoy $5 beer on tap, including the year-old standby, Mighty Ego IPA, as well as the new-ish loganberry wheat.

After the slow start a year ago, things picked up at the Whalen Road establishment when the temperatures began going down.

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