Local business helps dish up traditional St. Patrick's Day feast

O'Brien Corned Beef being packaged at Louie's Meats in Traverse City, Mi. (upnorthlive photo)

Traverse City, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- Inside Louie's Meats in Traverse City, they’re pumping out a lot of corned beef.

“It gets bigger and bigger every year,” said Louie's Meats president Trevor Alpers. “We did 130,000 pounds this year... that basically is going just for this St. Patrick's Day holiday.”

Louie's meats was started in 1962 by Trevor Alpers' grandpa Louie Alpers. Over the years, their signature brand "O'Brien Corned Beef" has picked up a strong reputation.

“The biggest thing with our corned beef that we get all the time would be that it’s not as salty as a lot of them can be," said Alpers. "We take all of our seasonings and put them internal.”

While Alpers and his team are busy producing the holiday tradition, his family and employees have their own tradition.

“We’re gonna celebrate it with some corned beef, we are having a big corned beef dinner on Sunday," said Alpers with a smile. "We’re ready for a break, let’s put it that way. We’re all pretty exhausted”

Louie’s meats supplies O'Brien Corned Beef to five different states, and you can also find them locally throughout northern Michigan at numerous restaurants and grocery stores.

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