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"PASSING THE TORCH" Guinness Brewery Tip by Kentbein

Guinness Brewery, Dublin: 16 reviews and 15 photos

  One of the early trams used on site
by Kentbein

Favorite thing: In 1881, the annual production of Guinness brewed had surpassed one million barrels a year and by 1914, St. James's Gate was the world's largest brewery. It is no longer the world’s largest brewery, but is still the world’s largest Stout brewery.

Guinness is now brewed in 35 countries around the world, but all these overseas brews must contain a flavoured extract brewed only at St. James's Gate. Today there are 10 million glasses of Guinness served every day across the world. Not a bad little business.

Fondest memory: BENJAMIN LEE GUINNESS (1798—1868),
Arthur Guinness gradually handed over control to his three sons, and spent his last years at his country home in Drumcondra, a Dublin suburb. He died on 23 January 1803. His third son, Benjamin Lee Guinness (1798—1868), seems to be the real maker of the firm, turning it into the hugely successful industry we know today.

He was brought in to the industry at an early age, and in 1825 he was given sole control. Prior to his control the trade in Guinness’s porter and stout was confined only to Ireland. When Benjamin Lee Guinness took control, he established agencies in the United Kingdom, on the continent, and in my favorite part of the world, the FORMER British colonies of America.

Benjamin began exporting porter to Europe through canal exports, creating an entire network of Guinness shipping just for this purpose. He built small rail lines to transport the materials and ingredients through the brew yard and for delivery of the product to his barges and ships. The visitors center in the Brewery has a superb display of the entire process, including the brewing of the stout, barrel making, brewery rail line, shipping- both overseas and domestic- and marketing.

I found all of this a fascinating investigation of how one of the word’s most successful enterprises came about. Guinness is a remarkable story.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 4, 2004
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