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"An Ale-ing Start" Guinness Brewery Tip by Kentbein

Guinness Brewery, Dublin: 16 reviews and 15 photos

by Kentbein

It wasn’t a completely easy start for Arthur however when he had major trouble with the Dublin Corporation in 1775. The Corporation decided that Guinness was drawing more free water from the Liffey than his lease permitted and sent a sheriff to stop production. Arthur personally defended his property with a pickaxe, and eventually reached a peaceful solution with the Corporation.

Fondest memory: ‘ALE-ING’ START
Guinness started his company producing ale. In 1778 though, he began to brew porter – a darker beer containing roasted barley popular with London’s porters and stevedores along Covent Garden and Billingsgate in London. I don’t personally know these places, but imagine they were working class and therefore the drink appealed to the majority of London’s population. It was a great drink and became extremely popular both in England and Ireland.

The porter tripled his previous sales threefold during the Napoleonic Wars, and in time St James's Gate became the largest porter and stout brewery in the world. The stronger porter took on the name 'extra stout porter' later shortened to become known by what we call it today; STOUT.

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  • Written Jan 27, 2004
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