- GUINNESS > INTERNET | The widget Guinness invented was awarded the Queen’s Award for Technological Achievement in 1991. The widget beat out the Internet as the best invention of the past 40 years.
2. ALL IN | The land that currently houses the Guinness storehouse and brewery was bought by Arthur Guinness for 100 pounds and a 9,000-year lease.
3. LANDSLIDE VICTORY |The land Arthur Guinness bought for the brewery included a natural spring, which supplied the brewery with fresh water. After fighting the courts for years, Guinness proved the spring was a part of the lease, and therefore, he didn’t have to pay for it.
4. PRIVATE PROPERTY | There are official court documents that state representatives from the court showed up at the Guinness factory to discuss the issue of the spring water. In reply, Arthur Guinness stood outside with a pitchfork and told them to get off his property (which they did).
5. A GUINNESS A DAY… | At one time Guinness was believed to have medicinal properties such as curing the common cold, building muscle, helping nursing mothers and more.
6. THE GOLDEN RULE | Guinness decorum is no joke. Guinness is known for its picturesque foamy head. To achieve this, there are three steps: 1) A pint of Guinness is filled with one inch to spare, 2) The pint is left to rest for about a minute, 3)The pint is then topped off so the head goes slightly above the glass rim. If you’re in an Irish pub and take your pint of Guinness off the counter after step one, laughter from other pub patrons will most likely definitely ensue. Try not find out the hard way.
7. PERFECT PAIR |Oysters and Guinness are considered to be a match made in heaven. The velvety texture and sweet flavors of Guinness matches up with the salt and brine of the oysters perfectly.
8. PICTURE PERFECT| Nothing beats the view from the Gravity Bar at the top of the storehouse while enjoying a freshly poured pint of Guinness.
Chelsea Mueller, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits Marketing Coordinator