The most internationally recognized symbol of Ireland, Guinness is definitely a brand any beer-loving folk and bar patron will easily distinguish, no matter where they are.
It is considered one of the most popular alcoholic drinks in the world, after all. But did you know that its taste is not the only great thing about this alcoholic drink? Here are the 10 facts about Guinness that will surprise you.
Interesting Facts about Guinness
1. It requires special skill to pour a glass of Guinness. A “perfect pour” should take 119.5 seconds at a 45-degree angle, followed by a rest. Then, the glass is filled again at a 45-degree angle.
2. Guinness is brewed in more than 150 countries, including Nigeria and Indonesia.
3. Africa is the biggest market for Guinness, with 40% of the alcoholic beverage being sold there.
4. More than 10 million glasses of Guinness are sold every day.
5. Guinness is perfect for weight watchers. A pint of this alcoholic beverage contains only 198 calories, which is significantly lower than the calorie content of light beers, wine, orange juice, or even low-fat milk.
6. Contrary to a popular myth, brewers at Guinness don’t use oatmeal. Instead, they use roasted malted barley, hops, yeast, and water. Also, Guinness is not black. It’s actually a very nice shade of dark ruby red.
7. Guinness’ famous ad slogan “Guinness is Good For You” is still being used around the world despite the company officially denying this claim. However, some research does suggest that Guinness might be good for your heart.
8. St. James’ Gate Brewery in Dublin was leased for 9,000 years at $65 per year. Guinness got 251 years down so far.
People Really Love Guinness
9. There was a national outcry when Guinness breweries in counties Louth and Kilkenny were shut down in 2013. Back then, there were also talks of closing down the Dublin brewery and moving back to Leixlip in Kildare, where Arthur Guinness’ career as a stout maker started.
However, the Irish people didn’t like it so Guinness won’t be leaving the bank of the River Liffey anytime soon.
10. On September 24, 2009, at 5:50pm (or 17:59 in the 24-hour clock), Ireland and the world organised “Arthur’s Day” to celebrate 250 years of Guinness. The time 17.59 was cleverly chosen as 1759, the year that Arthur signed his lease on St. James’ Gate.
While it may have been just a massive marketing move by Guinness, it is also one of the biggest united parties ever held in the world. In almost any country, merry drinkers simultaneously raised a glass for Arthur.