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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 1**4, 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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After 4 hours on that stuff

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to I'd like to thank all the ...

You couldn't have even walked out you would have been legless and someone nice must have carried you out just so they could get the place cleaned up for the next load of tourists.

Col ]:)

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by Fonken Monken UK In reply to After 4 hours on that stu ...

So my thanks is justified!!!

But tis says nothing for the other biproduct of drinking guinnes (andI did manage to walk out, only drank about 5 pints), that magical effect of turning your poo into black syrup!


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I don't get it

by Oz_Media In reply to exactly!

I have always seen Guinness as the easy to drink beer that you can just suck down endlessly. I can drink a lot mroe Guinness when compared to drinking the same amount of Canadian beer that would leave me floored.

BUT, Guinness to me is not a beer for getting pissed on, it's more of a meal in a glass, think Protein Shake without the weight loss. Guinness is a nice all natural beer, organic and hey, like Fonken Monken says, black pooh! If you don't stand back and cringe when admiring that morning gift, well you just didn't drink enouh.

Guinness HERE is 4.5% (roughly, though it varies betweeen draught,canned or bottled)and some Canadian beers are hitting the high 7's and even more when you get at the REALLY cheap firewater.
But that is beer best for laying down and avoiding.

Molson brews XXX which is best used for hand to hand combat, and Kokanee has a bouquet like an aboriginals armpit.

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You must live in a PISS POOR place OZ

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to I don't get it

Over here for something to be called beer it has to be 8% and no less more is A OK but anything less is not tolerated and can bring massive legal action against the people responsible for making it. :)

The only exception are the "Light" beers which can be 4% but they are not considered as real beers and are only drunk by those that we derogatorily refer to as "The Designated Driver" and even then they are only allowed to smell the stuff. For Gods sake even mouthwash has a higher alcohol content that 7%.

Over here on St Paddy Day they don't color the water green but some of the beer may be green but after you have drunk enough of the Guinness everything looks green and if it doesn't you go back inside for some more until you finally get it right!

Col ]:)

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by Fonken Monken UK In reply to I don't get it

"Molson brews XXX which is best used for hand to hand combat" lol....nice one!

To be hoenst, I didn't walk in there with the intention of getting pissed. It was just so extremely easy to drink comapred to the stuff back in England. And I didn't really know I was pissed until I stood up.

That fresh air is a killer I tell you.

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The killer in sunlight!

by Oz_Media In reply to LOL

You spend all afternoon on a sunny summer saturday at a dark, blacklit, stripper bar, you get just pickled watching peelers and don't know it, then you and your buddy say 'Hey, let's go to the beach and hang out (meanwhile you're already lobster red and peely from the morning on the boat, drinking & fishing)so you stagger outside of your pitch black haven with black lights and BAM, the sun is beating down on you, NORMAL people are everywhere and it takes everything you've got from screaming in pain and passing out.

Yup, summer, I can't wait!!

As for the hand to hand combat, it was taken from Monty Python's -Australian Table Wine sketch, script as follows (hey you asked okay?!): AHEM...

"A lot of people in this country pooh-pooh Australian table wines. This is a pity, as many fine Australian wines appeal not only to the Australian palette, but also to the cognoscenti of Great Britain.

"Black Stump Bordeaux" is rightly praised as a peppermint flavoured Burgundy, whilst a good "Sydney Syrup" can rank with any of the world's
best sugary wines.

"Chateau Bleu", too, has won many prizes; not least for its taste, and its lingering afterburn.

"Old Smokey, 1968" has been compared favourably to a Welsh claret, whilst the Australian wino society thouroughly recommends a 1970 "Coq du Rod Laver", which, believe me, has a kick on it like a mule: 8 bottles of this, and you're really finished -- at the opening of the Sydney Bridge Club, they were fishing them out of the main sewers every half an hour.

Of the sparkling wines, the most famous is "Perth Pink". This is a bottle with a message in, and the message is BEWARE!. This is not a wine for drinking -- this is a wine for laying down and avoiding.

Another good fighting wine is "Melbourne Old-and-Yellow", which is particularly heavy, and should be used only for hand-to-hand combat.

Quite the reverse is true of "Chateau Chunder", which is an Appelachian controle, specially grown for those keen on regurgitation -- a fine wine which really opens up the sluices at both ends.

Real emetic fans will also go for a "Hobart Muddy", and a prize winning "Cuiver Reserve Chateau Bottled Nuit San Wagga Wagga", which has a bouquet like an aborigine's armpit."

"Now I don't care WHO you are, that there's DAMN FUNNY!!" - Larry The Cable Guy

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Now that's funny!

by Oz_Media In reply to I'd like to thank all the ...

They do have job opportunities available on their website...]:)

Can I have a busboy's position pleeeeeeeeease?

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