Glorious Guinness: Ten Fun Facts About Every Irish Pub’s Favorite Beer
There are countless good reasons to visit an Irish Pub & Restaurant. Great authentic dishes (like soda bread, corned beef, and anything drenched in a whiskey sauce), an awesome atmosphere, and great drinks are a few. One beer sure to be found on draft at every Irish Pub is Guinness. Check out these ten fun facts that just might spark some lively conversation next time you and your friends are enjoying a pint of Guinness:
1. That trademark harp on the Guinness label stemmed from a 14th century harp which can be seen displayed in the Trinity College Library in Dublin. The harp also happens to be the national emblem of the Republic of Ireland and is used on their coins.
2. Guinness is available in more than 150 different countries, and over 10 million glasses are sold around the world every day.
3. The Guinness Book of World Records was originally used as a promotional item for bars carrying Guinness brew. The head of Guinness created the original book in 1954 following a bar dispute.
4. Guinness is actually good for you. Studies show that the brew contains antioxidants and iron that are great for your body, and a pint only contains 198 calories – that’s less than most light beers, juices, and low-fat milk.
5. The official color of Guinness is “deep ruby-red”.
6. Guinness originally began as an ale. Arthur Guinness began making porter in the 1770’s in order to keep up with competition from other breweries.
7. The Guinness family leased the St. James’ Gate Brewery in Dublin for 9,000 years for an annual rate of about $67, paying an initial fee of $150.
8. The head of Guinness is very unique due to a mix of nitrogen and carbon dioxide used when dispensing. This creates the thick, smooth head with little carbonation.
9. It takes 119.5 seconds for a pint of Guinness to settle when poured at a 45-degree angle.
10. Unlike most breweries, Guinness brewery used wooden kegs up until 1963. The kegs can still be seen at the Dublin brewery today.
Guinness is easily the most popular alcoholic drink in Ireland, and its popularity has spread around the globe. After all, Guinness founded their own rowdy, unofficial holiday dedicated to their brew – Arthur’s Day.