The story of Guinness….

Arthur Guinness started brewing ales in 1759 at the in Dublin. On December 31st, 1759, he signed a 9,000 year lease for the unused brewery. Ten years later Guinness first exported his ale: he shipped six-and-a-half barrels to Great Britain.

He started selling the dark beer porter in 1778. The first Guinness beers to use the term were Single Stout and Double Stout in the 1840s. Throughout most of its history, Guinness produced only three variations of a single beer type: porter or single stout

Already one of the top-three British and Irish brewers, Guinness’s sales soared from 350,000 barrels in 1868 to 779,000 barrels in 1876. In October 1886 Guinness became a public company, and was averaging sales of 1,138,000 barrels a year. 

In the 1970s, following declining sales, the decision was taken to make Guinness Extra Stout more “drinkable”. The gravity was subsequently reduced, and the brand was relaunched in 1981.

In November 2015 it was announced that Guinness planned to make their beer suitable for consumption by vegetarians and vegans by the end of 2016 through the introduction of a new filtration process at their existing Guinness Brewery that avoids the need to use Isinglass from fish bladders to filter out yeast particles.

Their new filtration process has removed the use of isinglass as a means of filtration and vegans can now enjoy a pint of Guinness. All Guinness Draught in keg format is brewed without using isinglass. Full distribution of bottle and can formats will be in place by the end of 2017.

The song on the video below is dedicated to Mr. Vincent Sanchez who passed away while I was in the hospital recovering from my accident.

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