OCT 14, 2013

Five things that you probably didn’t know about Guinness

Do you know the surprising history of Guinness? If you don’t then you may be surprised to learn that before the dry stout became a world renowned brand, enjoyed at social gathering across the land, Guinness was held in quite different regard.

Arthur Guinness began brewing ales in 1759 from St. James Gate Brewery, Dublin. On 19th May 1769 Guinness exported six and a half barrels to Great Britain. By the 1900’s Guinness was offering unparalleled welfare schemes, championing human rights and was actively involved in preserving Irish architectural landmarks.

Here are some little-known facts about Ireland’s favourite beverage:

Guinness was renamed

Guinness was not the original name for the stout. Guinness’ dark and creamy brew was originally called Porter, and later Stout Porter. Why? Well, Guinness was exceedingly popular amongst train porters in the UK, proving so popular that the then-singularly named Stout promoted the company to cease brewing other varieties of beers, choosing to focus on porters and stouts.

The African continent are mad for Guinness

Almost forty percent of Guinness is consumed on the African continent. Of the five Guinness-owned breweries operating worldwide, three are in the African nations. Nigeria is home to one of those breweries, and is considered to be the world’s second largest market for Guinness consumption.

The colour of Guinness is actually red

It’s true! Guinness is neither black, nor brown it’s actually a very deep shade of red. Next time you’re in a restaurant, pub or bar hold your pint glass to the light and look carefully at the colour of its contents.  This deep, dark red colour is attributed to the manner in which the malted barley is roasted during the beer’s preparation.

Head’s Up

Guinness is poured slightly different to other pints. Dispenser through a five-hole disk restrictor plate, the delicious taste of Guinness is assured. This method of dispensing the stout allows for an uncommon amount of nitrogen, assuring that the head on a pint of Guinness is all the more effervescent. As any bartender will tell you, pouring a precision pint of Guinness is a two-pronged process, the first to commence filling the pint glass with stout, and a second to finish the stout off with a frothy head. It’s said that the ideal pint is poured in a just under twelve seconds, that’s twelve seconds to wait for a pint that you’ll surely savour!

Guinness is very good for you

Did you know that Guinness is rich in iron and antioxidant compounds? Well, it’s true. Guinness, provided that it’s not consumed excessively is very good for you. Indeed, a twenty ounce pint of Guinness is a mere 210 calories. When you consider that a glass of milk contains approximately 150 calories, you can surely see the health benefits of drinking Guinness!


Created on 14th October 2013
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