Happy Hour: The History of Guinness

A quick history lesson on the classic Irish beer for St. Patty’s Day.

In 1759, Arthur Guinness started brewing his now infamous beer in Dublin, Ireland. He signed a 9,000 year lease at 45 euros per year. It wasn’t until 10 years later that he shipped his first six barrels to Great Britain for consumption. By 1886, Guinness went public and was selling 1,138,000 barrels a year. They refused to advertise whatsoever, which seemed to increase the popularity even more so thanks to word of mouth.

In the 1930’s, Guinness rose to be the seventh largest company in the world! They were supplying over 10% of the UK’s formidable beer consumption. They continue to be one of the largest beer distributors in the world.

Studies have claimed that drinking Guinness can actually be good for your heart. There are antioxidant compounds similar to that found in fruits and vegetables, but claiming an alcoholic drink to be beneficial to your health has been ruled illegal.

It’s been stated that the perfectly poured pint should take 119.5 seconds in two separate pouring segments, also known as the “double pour”.

Regardless of whether or not you’re Irish, enjoying a well poured Guinness is something we can all get behind.

Here’s hoping everyone has a safe and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


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