Green Beer … Who Does That


Is the tradition of dyeing and consuming green beer on St.Patrick’s Day a true Irish one or an Irish-American sensation? To begin, St.Patrick was not Irish. A boy born to wealthy parents was kidnapped from Britain and taken to Ireland, and the day celebrated as St.Patrick’s Day is actually the day of his death. Some Irish individuals believe the drinking of green beer on St.Patrick’s Day goes back to the legend of the leprechaun, but as Irish immigrants began to settle in Boston and became scrutinized and discriminated against, they chose to show pride by using the color green to distinguish all things Irish.

The leprechaun, a fairy of ancient Irish mythology, was adopted by St.Patrick as a religious teaching tool in his converting of druids and pagans into Christians. Using a comparison of, To the great rewards of God to those who seek in Him, with seeking and finding the leprechaun’s pot of gold, St.Patrick states,”like the leprechaun, God remains hidden from human view, is to be feared, and so holds great rewards for those who seek and find him”. Common belief of the Irish was, the leprechaun used the green Irish countryside to hide himself so the color green became closely associated with it and St.Patrick.

Irish-Americans celebrate Green Beer Day, which began in 1952 at Miami University in Oxford,Ohio. This celebration does not coincide with St.Patrick’s Day but does allow another day of celebratory green merriment. There is no complicated recipe to making green beer, a green food coloring is simply added to a light pilsner or an ale. A green brew can also be made by combining powdered wheat grass juice or Spirulina(blue-green algae) and beer. Both of these mixtures are packed with antioxidants, minerals, and B-vitamins and are said to ease hangovers because of these properties.

Tankards And Steins


Tankards are cylindrical shaped drinking cups with a single handle and may be made of silver, pewter, glass, wood, ceramic, or leather. Hinged lids and glass bottoms are common tankard characteristics.
Steins are very similar  to tankards in shape and use. During the Age of The Black Plague, to prevent diseased flees from getting into beer while drinking, lids were added to steins.

Object : Tankard / Stein
Left : Ceramic without lid.
Center : Ceramic without lid.
Right : Pewter with lid and glass bottom.                                                                                 BLAST Logo
Culture : [Celtic]
Country : Germany
Date : 19th – 20th Century
Collection : B.L.A.S.T.   Museum

American Shaker Pint


The American Shaker Pint glass is considered the traditional pint glass. Its wide mouth allows easy sipping and is used to generally serve American Lager and American Ale. The shaker pint glass is also considered a standard style because their simple shape allows them to be produced easy in mass quantities.

Object : American Shaker Pint
Culture : North American
Country: United States of America
Date : 19th Century
Collection : B.L.A.S.T. Museum Drinking Vessel

Hello world!

I’m, Michael Brown.

In 2011, I was accepted as a student to the Southern University at New Orleans Masters of Arts in Museum Studies Program. In 2001, I received a certificate in Bartending/Bar Management from Crescent City School of Gaming and Bartending in New Orleans. In 2010, I placed 1st in the Carnival Cruise Line Mixologist competition aboard the Carnival Miracle. In 2003, I earned a certificate in Landscape Design from Delgado Community College. I am also a member of the National Home Gardeners Club and operate the Freelance Gardening Group, a speciality landscape service. I recieved my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Southern University at New Orleans in 2011. I am a history minor and I enjoy english.The B.L.A.S.T. Museum Vessel Cultural Exchange started as, “what I took as an assignment from Yu Jiang,PhD. He told me to turn my private collection into a museum. My B.L.A.S.T.Museum idea was immediately embraced by my other professors, David Reip, Ph.D. and Sara Hollis,Ph.D.

When I started this blog, I bagan to explore the idea of turning my imagination into reality and this site serves as a temporary venue. It is another step on the road of opening a real museum.” I thank you and everyone for visiting the B.L.A.S.T. Museum Vessel Cultural Exchange”.

Southern University at New Orleans Fall 2011
Taken by David Riep,Ph.D.
Country:Democratic Republic of Congo
Collection:Southern University at New Orleans Davis Collection of Central and Western African Art
Date: c.1900