(Vocus) September 23, 2009
The 250th anniversary of Guinness is being celebrated on Sept. 24, 2009. Guinness originated in 1759. There will be celebrations all over the world including St. James' Gate Dublin, many local pubs, and at GuinnessGearOnline.com with anniversary products, Guinness clothing, and free shipping.
GuinnessGearOnline is North America’s only distributor for Guinness merchandise direct from Ireland. It has a large selection of Guinness t-shirts for men and women, Guinness rugby shirts, barware, and food. In celebration of the anniversary, they are currently offering a variety of Guinness 250th Anniversary men's and women's shirts, glassware, signage and more. Owner Rauncie Kinnaird says "many home owners are developing their bar area into private pubs. Guinness bar accessories from signage, glasses, pouring spoons, and much more help create the pub atmosphere." She says the bottle opener hats and stylish shirts have been very popular in-store. Demand for product lead to the online store dedicated to Guinness themed merchandise.
There will be various celebrations all over the world beginning at 17:59 on September 24, 2009 in Dublin Ireland. You can celebrate the 250th anniversary of Guinness with these trivia facts and show your Genius at the pub:
1. 2009 is the 250th Anniversary of Guinness.
2. St James' Gate was not the original site for the brewery. Arthur Guinness began brewing beer in Leixlip, a town in County Kildare.
3. In 1759 he moved to an empty St. James’ Gate Brewery, Dublin, Ireland.
4. The St. James’ Gate Brewery was leased by Arthur Guinness for 9000 years at an annual fee of 45 GBP, or $65 USD! This lease INCLUDED fresh water rights. The fresh water rights caused problems with the Dublin Corporation, who wanted to charge Guinness a levy. This created quite a stir, and production was halted for a brief time while labourers blocked the water supply to the brewery. In the end, Guinness kept their fresh water rights as outlined in his lease.
5. Ten years later, in 1769, Guinness exported six and one half barrels of beer to England, their first exportation.
6. By 2001 almost 2 billion pints of Guinness a year were sold world wide.
7. Over the years, much slang has come about when ordering a pint of Guinness and here a few ways you can order one for yourself!
8. Did you know? Contrary to popular beliefs, Guinness does not contain oatmeal!
9. Guinness exports were banned from 1944-1947.
10. Guinness is the best selling drink in Ireland.
11. Guinness is brewed in more than 150 countries worldwide.
12. 40% of all Guinness sales are in Africa.
13. Over 10 million glasses of Guinness are sold every day, are you doing your share?
14. Currently all Guinness sold in the UK is produced at St. James' Gate.
15. Guinness will close breweries in Kilkenny and Dundalk in 2013. There was controversy in 2007 when discussion of closing the St. James' gate location arose. Guinness is staying put with renovations at the current location underway.
16. Renovations are estimated to cost $1 Billion USD.
17. “Guinness is Good For You” slogan is still used in many places worldwide. Some research does support Guinness has heart health benefits. Guinness now officially states they make no health claims.
18. Guinness contains only 198 calories per pint. That is less than most light beer, wine, OJ, or even light milk.
19. The perfect pour should take 119.50 seconds. It is a result of a double pour. The result a creamy head on a smooth dark beer served at 6 degrees Celsius.
Slainte! (Good Health!)
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