If there was ever an official beverage of St. Patrick’s Day, Guinness Beer, the quintessential export of Ireland, is the ONE. It is recognized the world over for its dark color and rich flavor. Even if you aren’t a fan of Guinness, it’s most appropriate to enjoy on the greenest of holidays with friends.
Here are four fun facts you may not have known about Guinness to share with your friends this St. Patrick’s Day:
First Atlantic Journey
The legendary brewery was started in 1759, and it took ten years for it to reach foreign shores. A whopping six and a half barrels of beer were shipped from Dublin on a sailing ship bound for England. It wasn’t until 1817 that 8 barrels of Porter made the journey across the Atlantic and were delivered to John Heavy in South Carolina.
The recognizable Guinness harp became part of the brand in 1862 but was only trademarked in 1876. The Irish free state government of 1922 wanted to use the symbol; they had to turn the harp the other way round. This was to differ between the Guinness harp and the official state emblem. The original harp that inspired the logo is currently on display at the Trinity College of Dublin library. Ireland is the only country in the world with a musical instrument, the harp, as its national symbol.
Around the World
Guinness is brewed in 49 countries; in addition to Ireland, there are facilities in far-flung locations such as Malaysia, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Ghana. Here in the United States, Guinness opened a facility in Baltimore in 2018, with a planned opening in time for St. Patrick’s Day 2023 in Chicago.
Purported Health Benefits
Believe it or not, Guinness Beer may have some health benefits. According to one study, the drink is shown to contain the most folate of imported beers. Folate is a B vitamin our bodies need to make DNA and other genetic materials. And because it contains a lot of unmalted barely that contains more fiber than malted grain, it also has one of the highest levels of fiber. And finally, if you are watching your caloric intake (but really, who does when they celebrate), the beer is not the highest in calories compared to other beers. A 12-ounce draught contains 125 calories. In comparison, other beers of the same size contain 20 – 40 calories more.
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