RUMSON: CRAFT BEERS AND A SOUVENIR

100914 maguire1John Mayer pours a pint of Starr Hill Sabbath Black IPA. Below, souvenir glasses available to the first 24 customers of the night. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

100914 maguire2Beer enthusiasts have some serious decisions to make at Molly Maguire’s Gastropub in Rumson.

“Twenty-one choices on tap, plus bottled beers from all over, if you’re not really a tap person,” says Kathy Maguire, who owns the East River Road establishment with her husband, Mike. “We also have a gluten-free beer.”

Thursday nights at the former Murray MacGregor’s, now beginning its fourth year under the Maguire flag, have become particularly interesting to beer lovers: a different craft beer is tapped each week. And as an added incentive, the first two dozen customers can bring home a beer glass bearing the brand of the featured suds. Empty, of course.

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ST. PADDY’S: CHECKING IN ON THE EARLY SHIFT

redbankgreen made a lightning round of visits to four bars with Irish names on their doors – Molly Maguire’s and Murphy‘s in Rumson, Brannigan’s and the Dublin House in Red Bank –  late Tuesday afternoon to see what they were having on St. Patrick’s Day, 2014. Let’s see: there was some soda bread, a slice of pizza, and some corned beef sandwiches… (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RUMSON: CHEFS’ TIPS FOR YOUR CORNED BEEF

corned_beef_okeefe_uragaEddie O’Keefe (left) and Molly Maguire’s chef Alfredo Uraga explain to PieHole why brined beef brisket shrinks when cooking. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

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With St. Patrick’s Day less than a week away, the Green is about to go extra-Green. And as is the custom elsewhere, the Irish Diaspora here will celebrate the feast day of this Christian saint by eating…  a nice koshered Jewish brisket?

Well, sort of.

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RUMSON: REPORTS SPOTLIGHT DRUNK BARMAN

Parade-watchers at Molly Maguire’s for the Rumson St. Patrick’s celebrations on March 10. (Photo by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A fight between an intoxicated bartender and a borough employee appears to have led to the negotiated five-day shutdown of Rumson’s Molly Maguire’s Black Point Inn in Rumson that starts next week, police reports suggest.

Larry D’Angelo, 45, a laborer in the public works department, and Chris Moran, 33, a bartender, were arrested after the March 11 incident, which occurred at the tail end of St. Patrick’s celebrations that included a parade.

According to the reports, police responded shortly before 1 a.m. to a call about “an employee out of control and causing a disturbance in the kitchen” at Maguire’s. There, police said they found D’Angelo lying atop Moran and restraining his arms against the floor.

“There was blood on the floor and broken tiles on the floor,” one of two reports filed by responding officers said.

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RUMSON: FIVE-DAY SHUTDOWN FOR TAVERN

Violations caught on videotape will result in the temporary suspension of business at Molly Maguire’s Black Point Inn next week. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rumson’s Molly Maguire’s Black Point Inn will be dark for five days of Independence Day week as a penalty for admitted misbehavior in the hours after the borough’s St. Patrick’s celebrations in March.

The temporary shutdown arises from a police complaint alleging one or more employees were drunk, as well as unspecified violations of a state law prohibiting “immoral activities” in places that serve booze, according to borough documents.

At least some of the misbehavior, which occurred around midnight on a Saturday, was caught on videotape, according to Mayor John Ekdahl, who tells redbankgreen he did what he could to keep the matter out of the public spotlight.

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