Why Newport’s 2015 Parade Day Will Be Like None Other For 400 Years

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Mathematicians, craft beer drinkers and Newporters, rejoice!

Newport’s 59th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is going to be held, as always, on the Saturday before March 17th. Normally, this wouldn’t be that big of a deal, but it turns out that this year, the date of the parade may have more significance that the date of St. Patrick’s Day.

We discovered what an important date March 14th is going to be in a rather circumvent manor. You see, we’re big fan’s of Stone Brewing’s Enjoy By series of double IPAs. These super-hoppy, 9.x% alcohol beers are brewed to be drank fresh, so they are released with an expiration date as part of their title. It’s usually the biggest date of whatever month. For example, December’s will be “Enjoy By 12-25-XX”. For the most part, those dates are pretty much set in stone.

Until this year, the Enjoy By date for March has been 3-17-XX…St. Patrick’s Day. This year, it’s 3-14-15…Newport’s Parade Day. We were a little perplexed about this, as we had never seen the date change…and while a lot of Newporters may consider Parade Day to be the best day of the year, it was unlikely that a San Diego brewery was going to have the reverence for our celebration that we do.stone enjoy by pi day

So we ask Jeff Nelson, the regional Stone rep, why the date has been shifted to 3-14.

“Pi Day.”

Now, normally, Pi Day is celebrated by extremely nerdy Carnegie Mellon-types every March 14, because Pi =3.14…but for those of you who haven’t drunk away most of your high school math, you’ll remember that it continues…

π=3.141592653…

3-14-15 is as close as we’re going to get to a perfect Pi Day in our lifetimes.  It’s one of those things where if you’re smart enough to celebrate it, you’re also smart enough to recognize the arbitrary nature by which we Americans arrange our dates with the month in front of the day, that we lop off the first two digits of the year and so on to get this number. Hopefully you’re also wise enough to realize that that two thousand years have passed since the actual Pi Day, so we might as well make the most of it, especially at 9:26.53 am (or hell, PM if you’re still awake.).

Now, given the method by which we eliminate the first 2 digits of the year, we will have a 3-14-15 Pi Day like this year’s each century…but it won’t fall on a Saturday again until 2415.

-Tristan Pinnock, Blast Beer Correspondent

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