APR 27, 2015

Guinness – Everything you didn’t know about the famous drink

As far as famous drinks go, Guinness is up there with the likes of Coke and a Bloody Mary. But despite the drink’s popularity and fame, there are a few things not many people know about it.

So, here are a few facts you can wow your friends with the next time you have a pint of Ireland’s favourite.

It isn’t a black drink

Despite what many people think, Guinness isn’t actually a black drink in colour. It’s officially a dark ruby colour which is due to the roasting of malted barley. The other ingredients used are water, hops, malt extract, and brewer’s yeast.

Guinness is available in over 100 countries...

...and is brewed in more than 60. It’s thought that annually the qword will drink about 1.8bill pints of this drink. There are 13 million pints of the drink supped on St. Patrick’s day alone!

The founder of Guinness Brewery had 21 kids

Known as “Uncle Arthur”, Arthur Guinness not only brought one of the most famous breweries on Earth into existence, but he also brought 21 little children into existence too. Nothing in half measures for Mr Guinness!

The harp didn’t arrive until 1862

The famous Guinness logo of the harp didn’t arrive until the late 19th century. The symbol was modelled after the Trinity College harp – a symbol of Ireland – and has been altered approximately six times since its introduction.

The brewery was leased for 9,000 years

The Dublin brewery of Guinness was leased for 9,000 years by the family. That’s at an annual fee of around £45 and they paid an initial price of £100.

The Guinness Book of records was released in 1954...

...thanks to the then head of Guinness Hugh Beaver. He entered an argument with someone and decided to create a reference guide to solve all future disputes. This reference guide was released to bars who stocked Guinness and eventually because the Guinness Book of Records. 

Created on 27th April 2015
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