4 days ago
Who is Mother McGintey anyway, and why did we name our beer after her? Allow us to regale you with tales of the ol’ Bytown in the 1800’s (with some help from our friend Grant & the @bytownmuseum. )
Mother McGintey (or McGinty) was indeed real. She was an Irish-born woman named Sarah, who ran away to Ontario with her parents stable boy, got married in Glengarry, and, after hearing about the construction of the Rideau Canal, decided to set up a make-shift tavern to serve the labourers.
It was there in that white-washed shanty, she gained her famous reputation. She was both a host & hostess, a keeper of peace, and the referee for fun. If anyone tried to pick a fight, she ‘swung an arm of potent might’. She kept a tally on the wall, and if you didn’t pay, she would let you know when you could come back (if ever.) For the workmen of the canal, she represented a break from the labour, a mental rest, and reprieve from hardship.
Everyone loved the all-mighty, firm-but-fair Mother McGinty.
We named one of our pubs after her (you can see it’s alleyway entrance squished in the middle), and just like McGinty’s shanty tavern, you can often find it full of people enjoying a good beer, singing a song, or having a dance.
Why wouldn’t we have named our beer after a woman so near and dear to the Heart? Raise your glass and give a cheer to Mother McGintey’s Porter beer. 🍻