Joyce To The World

Writers and whiskey? Synonymous. Books and beer? Not so much.

Yet that’s the pairing you’ll find when the Irish Cultural Center hosts its seventh annual Bloomin’ Beerfest in honor of Bloomsday this weekend. For those who skipped James Joyce’s 1,000-plus-page tome Ulysses, Bloomsday is the date the story takes place. The novel, one of the most important works of modernist literature, chronicles the life of protagonist Leopold Bloom during an ordinary day in Dublin. Bookworms in Ireland and around the world use June 16 as a good excuse to commemorate Joyce and his heritage.

And also to drink. Think sophisticated, not sloppy, with offerings of spirits and craft beer from Irish and Arizona breweries. Volunteers will read excerpts throughout the celebration — which, as the night goes on, are sure to be increasingly entertaining.

The beer flows from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at the Irish Cultural Center, 1106 North Central Avenue. Tickets are $37 at the door ($27 pre-sale) and include 16 tokens for beer or food. Call 602-258-0109 or visit

Sat., June 15, 7-11 p.m., 2013