Maybe if we hear the word Guinness, the first thing that comes up to our mind is the famous Guinness records, but there is an Irish beer with the same name with just over 200 years of tradition that is much more famous than the records. This is Guinness beer, a beer stout black type, made by Arthur Guinness in 1759, which belongs to the St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin, Ireland.
The history of Guinness Beer
It all began with Arthur Guinness, founder and creator of the beer. On December 31, 1759 Arthur Guinness signed a rental agreement unique and so peculiar in which he would pay 45 pounds per year for a period of 9000 years for an abandoned brewery. Today we can find this unusual contract at the brewery’s Museum of the City of Dublin.
10 years after the foundation of St. James’s Gate Brewery, in 1769, the factory makes its first exportation, which consisted of 6 barrels of beer bound for England. Already in 1778 creates its first porter beer (light beer with malty flavor and slightly bitter). Today Guinness beer is one of the worlds most famous and one of the most widely exported around the world, and still is elaborated at the factory in Dublin.
Types of Guinness beers
Guinness Beer can be found today in several versions with tasty aromas and improved variations. Among the types of Guinness beer there are:
- Guinness on tap called “Draught beer”, this one is is sold in barrels and the alcohol content goes from 4.1 to 4.3%.
- Guinness Draught Extra Cold – This one is also sold in barrels, and should be taken frozen also goes between 4.1 to 4.3% degrees of alcohol.
- Bottled Guinness Draught – This one as the name says it’s – bottled and includes rocket widget (a plastic instrument that comes inside the bottle, to give a better flavor and texture to the beer at the time of opening the bottle, which helps to stimulate the nitrogenation of beer). This beer has between 4.1 to 4.3% degrees of alcohol.
- Guinness’s Brite Lager
- Guinness’s Brite Ale
- Guinness Light
- Guinness XXX Extra Strong Stout
- Guinness Cream Stout
- Guinness Gold
- Guinness Pilsner and Guinness Special Light
- Guinness Yeast Extract (GYE) – they stopped making this beer in the early 50’s.
“Drink a Guinness beer always fresh, leave at least 100 seconds after serving and enjoy it sip by sip”
Shall we have a beer? Here are 2 suggestions, each one better and better:
The Guinness on tap, now bottled with a special system to facilitate oxygenation and when serving the drink, you feel the authentic flavor of traditional Guinness.
The other great dark beer in the world, great competitor of Guinness, Its English and is called Saint Peters Cream Stout. According to experts, much better than the “commercial” Guinness. Why do not you compare them?