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Happy St. Pat's! The Guinness story pt.1

By Oz_Media ·
On the last day of December 1759 a determined young man named Arthur Guinness rode through the gate of an old, dilapidated and ill-equipped brewery sited on a small strip of land on Dublin's James's Street. He had just signed a lease on the property for 9,000 years at ?45 per annum. His friends shook their heads in disbelief. For ten years, Mark Rainsford's Ale Brewery (for such it was) had been on the Market and nobody had shown any interest in it. The Street was already festooned with similar small breweries, all attracted to this spot by a good supply of water.

Throughout the city of Dublin there were about 70 breweries at that time, all, it must be assumed, small. Mr. Guinness's newly acquired brewery was no more than average. But Arthur was about to change all of that. He was 34 years old. He knew that the products of this teeming, almost domestic, industry were highly unsatisfactory.

Trade fell off badly when import regulations which favoured the London Porter breweries, were prolonged. At that time, beer was almost unknown in rural Ireland where whiskey, gin and poteen were the alcoholic drinks most readily available.

In spite of this and the poor quality of beer available in larger centers like Dublin, it was recognised, paradoxically, that brewing - although constantly under threat from imports - was probably the most prosperous of the very few industries in Ireland at that time. In addition to ales, Arthur Guinness brewed a beer relatively new to Ireland that contained roasted barley which gave it a characteristically dark colour. This brew became known as "porter" so named because of its popularity with the porters and stevedores of Covent Garden and Billingsgate in London. "Porter" had been developed in London some years earlier and was imported into Dublin to the detriment of local brews. Arthur Guinness finally had to choose between porter or the traditional Dublin Ales.

Deciding to tackle the English at their own game, Arthur tried his hand at porter. He brewed the deep, rich beverage so well that he eventually ousted all imports from the Irish market, captured a share of the English trade and revolutionised the brewing industry.

The word Stout was added in the early 1820's as an adjective, qualifying the noun "porter". An "extra stout porter" was a stronger and more full bodied variety. "Stout" evolved as a noun in its own right, as did the family name of Guinness. In 1825 GUINNESS Stout was available abroad and by 1838, GUINNESS St. James's Gate Brewery was the largest in Ireland. In 1881, the annual production of GUINNESS brewed had surpassed one million barrels a year and by 1914, St. James's Gate was the worlds largest brewery.

Today, Arthur Guinness would have been proud of St. James's Gate. No longer the largest (although still the largest Stout brewery) it is certainly one of the most modern breweries. GUINNESS is now also brewed in 35 other countries around the world, but all these overseas brews must contain a flavoured extract brewed at St. James's Gate. So the very special brewing skills of Arthur's brewery, remain at the heart of every one of the 10 million pints of GUINNESS enjoyed every day across the world.

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Guinness part II

by Oz_Media In reply to Happy St. Pat's! The Gui ...

Lions Gate Bridge

In the early 1930?s, the Guinness family had become interested in investing in West Vancouver as a place for development. Acting on the behalf of the Guiness family, a syndicate named the British Pacific Properties Co. made negotiations with the Municipality to purchase 4,000 acres of West Vancouver land. In 1932, the deal went through for a total cost of $75,000, a price that worked out to $18.75 an acre. As a part of the deal, the company had committed to build all roads, water lines, water tanks, a school, a and golf course.

Yet, even with all the amenities that they had committed to build, the Guiness family knew that the success of their investment depended on getting better accessibility to the area. Thus, a proposal was made to create a new bridge to link to Vancouver. The details of the plan such as where it was to be built and the number of lanes were controversial issues and met strong protest. Yet, the benefits of having a bridge outweighed the protests, as it would create jobs and stimulate growth. So, construction work was allowed to go ahead beginning on March 31, 1937. After a year and a half of construction, the bridge was ready for operation.

The newly constructed bridge differed from the current configuration of the bridge as it originally only two lanes. Yet, as had been foreseen, West Vancouver?s population boomed as a result of the new connection. Thus, to accommodate the increased population, the lanes were divided up into three with the middle lane acting as a passing lane. Another difference with the original configuration was that in an effort to recover the expenditure it cost to build the bridge, the Guiness family had toll booths installed. The toll booths remained on the bridge until 1963, at which time the bridge was purchased by the provincial government for the same price that it took to build it. Changes were made shortly after the takeover, as the tolls were removed and the overhead lane controls were added. The Guiness? last involvement with the bridge happened in 1986, when they added lights to the bridge as an Expo 86 gift.


So without this 'pot of gold' that the Guinness family had provided for Notrh Vancouver residents, our friend Jaqui would most likely have no home


Cheers to the Guinness Family for one of Vancouvers most noted landmarks and the best Dark Stout on the planet!

Happy St. Patricks Day!

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Irish humor

by pgm554 In reply to Guinness part II

There was a fire in one of the local pubs in Ireland and one of the locals, Paddy, refused to leave the bar until he finished his drink. Well, with fire being what it is and Paddy being what he was, the local undertaker had himself a new customer.

But before Paddy could be buried, his body had to be identified.

Paddy had two friends of whom he had hoisted a few pints with from time to time ,so his first friend upon seeing the body made the remark that it was terribly burnt up and asked that the undertaker roll the body over. To the undertaker?s dismay, the first friend said that it wasn?t Paddy.
The second friend also viewed the body and made the comment that it was very badly burnt also. He also asked that the body be turned over. To the undertaker?s dismay, he also said that it wasn?t Paddy.

The under taker asked the both of them how they could be so sure that it wasn?t Paddy.
To which they replied that Paddy had two assholes and that is the reason why they had the undertaker turn him over for the identification.

The undertaker asked them how they knew Paddy had two assholes.
To which they replied that every time that they walked into the pub with him, somebody would say ?Hey look, its Paddy with them two assholes!?

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Is that correct?

by Fonken Monken UK In reply to Guinness part II

Oz mate - just a bit confused - I swear when you do the tour at St James gate, they tell you that although Guinness production was the biggest there for some time, and stout as well, its now the other Guinness brewery in Lagos that superceeds it!

Honestly Gov! And I'd not had that much of the free sample when they told us that!

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Found it here

by Oz_Media In reply to Is that correct?

But this webpage is a collection of 'Guinness Facts' that seem to be gathered from the Guinness...hmmmmmmm.

http://webpages.marshall.edu/~bennett7/guinness/guinstor.htm

The Guinness website is FAR too flash heavy to me easily read through and confirm it, right now anyway.

But I did find THIS page, more humour than anything else, that states the Lagos Brewery as th esecond largest, as of Sept. 20034

http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=18250

"The INQ hears rumours that Ireland might be surpassed as the biggest consumer of Guinness. Anecdotal evidence suggests a Guinness plant in Lagos, Nigeria is going great guns and is already the second largest Guinness brewer"

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Erin go Braless

by BHunsinger In reply to Happy St. Pat's! The Gui ...

As we say on this day In Cleveland. Even if we don't drink

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Poteen?

by gralfus In reply to Happy St. Pat's! The Gui ...

I'll 2nd your cheers to the Guinness family.
You mentioned something called poteen. I'd never heard of poteen before. Is it comparable to another liquor?

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Moonshine!

by neilb@uk In reply to Poteen?

I had a drink of it once and I think I detached a retina!

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Poteen

by Oz_Media In reply to Moonshine!

While it wasn't really considered moonshine in Ireland, Poteen distilled PRIVATELY was considered Irish Moonshine in the US. Again that was PRIVATE and unregulated distilling.

Basically it's a potatoe mash alcohol similar to high alcohol 'grain alcohol'. Fire water!

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Ode to Poteen

by Jessie In reply to Poteen

MOUNTAIN DEW by Irish Folk Band "Poteen"
http://www.geocities.com/poteen02/

LET THE GRASSES GROW
AND THE WATERS FLOW
IN A FREE AND EASY WAY
BUT GIVE ME ENOUGH
OF THE RARE OLD STUFF
THAT THEY BREW NEAR GALWAY BAY

AND POLICEMEN ALL
FROM DONEGAL
SLIGO AND LEITRIM TOO
WE'LL GIVE THEM THE SLIP
AND WE'LL TAKE A SIP
OF THE RARE OLD MOUNTAIN DEW

Hi-the-diddley-I-dill-dum, diddley-doodle-I-dill-um, diddley- doo-ri-diddley-di-day
Hi-the-diddley-I-dill-um, diddley-doo-dill-I-dill-um, diddley- doo-ri-diddley-di-day


THERE'S A NEAT LITTLE STILL
AT THE FOOT OF THE HILL
WHERE THE SMOKE CURLS UP TO THE SKY
BY A WHIFF OF THE SMELL
YOU CAN PLAINLY TELL
THAT THERE'S POTEEN BREWING NEAR BY

FOR IT FILLS THE AIR
WITH A ODOUR RARE
THAT BETWIXT BOTH ME AND YOU
AS HOME WE ROAM
YOU CAN TAKE A BOWL
OR A BUCKET OF THE MOUNTAIN DEW

Hi-the-diddley-I-dill-dum, diddley-doodle-I-dill-um, diddley- doo-ri-diddley-di-day
Hi-the-diddley-I-dill-um, diddley-doo-dill-I-dill-um, diddley- doo-ri-diddley-di-day

NOW LEARNED MEN WHO USE THE PEN
HAVE WROTE THE PRAISES HIGH
OF THE RARE POTEEN FROM IRELAND GREEN
DISTILLED FROM WHEAT AND RYE

AWAY WITH YOUR PILLS
THAT WILL CURE ALL ILL'S
BE A PAGAN, A CHRISTIAN, OR JEW
TAKE OFF YOUR COAT AND GREASE YOUR THROAT
WITH A BUCKET FULL OF MOUNTAIN DEW

Hi-the-diddley-I-dill-dum, diddley-doodle-I-dill-um, diddley- doo-ri-diddley-di-day
Hi-the-diddley-I-dill-um, diddley-doo-dill-I-dill-um, diddley- doo-ri-diddley-di-day

LET THE GRASSES GROW
AND THE WATERS FLOW
IN A FREE AND EASY WAY
BUT GIVE ME ENOUGH
OF THE RARE OLD STUFF
THAT THEY BREW NEAR GALWAY BAY
AND POLICEMEN ALL
FROM DONEGAL
SLIGO AND LEITRIM TOO
WE'LL GIVE THEM THE SLIP
AND WE'LL TAKE A SIP
OF THE RARE OLD MOUNTAIN DEW

Hi-the-diddley-I-dill-dum, diddley-doodle-I-dill-um, diddley- doo-ri-diddley-di-day
Hi-the-diddley-I-dill-um, diddley-doo-dill-I-dill-um, diddley- doo-ri-diddley-di-day
Hi-the-diddley-I-dill-dum, diddley-doodle-I-dill-um, diddley- doo-ri-diddley-di-day
Hi-the-diddley-I-dill-um, diddley-doo-dill-I-dill-um, diddley- doo-ri-diddley-di-day

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I hope you copied and pasted that

by Oz_Media In reply to Ode to Poteen

Jessie, tell me you didn't actually type that out!

Can you imagine what would have happened if I tried typing that out repeatedly??

"Ih-eth-DIlle-yI-lldi-mud-dille-ydoodle-ilidd-mu, dillledy-ood-diddlye-d-dday !



Geez, I'm going for a bit of a fresh air hike for an hour or so, GOOD thing I have an MP3 player! I'd end up inadvertently 'jigging' down the road and smiling away happily. While thinking;
Hi-the-diddley-I-dill-dum, diddley-doodle-I-dill-um, diddley- doo-ri-diddley-di-day
Hi-the-diddley-I-dill-um, diddley-doo-dill-I-dill-um, diddley- doo-ri-diddley-di-day
Hi-the-diddley-I-dill-dum, diddley-doodle-I-dill-um, diddley- doo-ri-diddley-di-day
Hi-the-diddley-I-dill-um, diddley-doo-dill-I-dill-um, diddley- doo-ri-diddley-di-day

I am surprised I didn't get a typo in there even as a Cut and Paste!

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