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St. Patrick's Day

What is Guinness Draught?

Guinness Draught is a rich and creamy beer, with a distinctive, ruby red colour and velvety finish. Guinness Draught was the first beer to use nitrogen; it quickly became the top-selling Guinness beer; drinkers around the world are drawn to its complexity and bold combination of flavours. 

When was Guinness Draught launched?

Surprising an entire industry, Guinness launched the 'Easy Serve' system for draught Guinness in 1959 and effectively introduced the world's first nitro beer, in time for the Guinness bicentenary year. Eventually named “Guinness Draught”, it became the most popular of all Guinness stouts - with its famous head, velvety texture and unique surge and settle, making each pint perfect and inspiring other brewers to experiment with the benefits of nitrogen.

How many countries is Guinness Draught available in?

Guinness Draught is available in over 150 countries.

How many calories are in a pint of Guinness Draught?

125 calories

Is it the same beer across the world?

Yes.

Guinness Facts

Pouring a glass or pint of Guinness is a skill. The “perfect pour” takes 119.53 seconds.

Guinness should be served at exactly 42.8F/ 6C

Although Guinness may appear to be black, it is actually a very dark shade of ruby. It's the roasted barley that gives Guinness its colour.

There is a 9,000 year lease on the Guinness brewery in St James’s Gate, Dublin. It was signed on 31st December in 1759.

2,304,000 pints of Guinness can be fermented in one brewing at the St James’s Gate brewery in Dublin.

100,000 tonnes of Irish grown barley is used at St James’s Gate - The barley provides the basic raw ingredient for fermentation, contributing to the balanced flavour and uniqueness of Guinness.

The eight million liters of water flow into the Guinness brewery every day. The purity of brewing water is vital to the quality of Guinness.

Over 30% of all Guinness is sold in Africa. Guinness consumed in Africa is called Foreign Extra Stout. It's essentially the same beer that Guinness began exporting to the far reaches of the British Empire in the early 19th century.

In WW2, Guinness promised every soldier that they would have a bottle for Christmas Day.

Guinness brews over 20 beer variants and is constantly trying out different recipes, reinterpreting old ones and collaborating on new ones, such as Dublin Porter and West Indies Porter and Guinness African Special for the African market, Guinness Nitro IPA for the US market, Hop House 13 for the Irish market.

The trademarked Guinness Harp always appear with its straight edge to the left. This is the opposite way to the symbol of the Republic of Ireland.