Posts Tagged ‘Guinness’

Everyone Has Guinness On The Brain

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

from theweeklybrew

 guinesstoucan

I spent my morning getting drug tested and buying brewing supplies, so I am just now getting to posting. Luckily my boss lets me do stuff like this :)

Anyway, Guinness is had a worldwide toast today to their 250th year brewing (although according to an Irish blogger the true date of the lease signing is 9 weeks away). The thing is though everyone is posting about this. So what’s the point in me giving the history? Why should you read my thoughts when Jeff has a great post about how Guinness was brewing back when Americans were trading slaves and before we were mean to the poor helpless Indians. Or why try to hold your attention when Sara is giving away her Guinness 250 care package she received to the 25th commenter?

Anyway as you can see it’s pointless to talk about Guinness when everyone else is. The only unique thing I could bring to the table is posting about how mediocre it is, but even that niche has been filled. Instead here are some links to Guinness 250 articles.

Sarah is giving away a Guinness 250 care package here

Jeff works in a few guilty America comments here

Reuters has an article that sounds like you could substitute Guinness for Bud and black stuff for pale stuff and it would then be about Bud

Anti ArthurPost from Beernut, a blogger from Dublin I believe.

Another anti Guiness bit this time from a letter sent to The Irish Times

Or you could always head to Guinness to get the official press

International Spotlight Ireland

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

guinesstoucanWith St Patrick’s day coming up I felt now would be a good time to pay homage to the unique beers of Ireland. When most people think Irish beer It conjures up images of Guinness and the green Budweiser that we serve in the states. The reality though is that Ireland’s beer culture is far richer then that. Ireland is known for the maltiness of their beers and the roasty flavors they have, rather then the hop flavors of American craft beers. The reason for this is that hops are not native to Ireland and the change to them was slow. Because hops weren’t traditionally used many of their beers get their bitterness from the roasted grains. Ironically Ireland owes much of it’s history in beer to England. The stouts that we attribute to the Irish are actually English in origin. Another misconception is that everyone in Ireland drinks stout. Although stout once was the more common a long time ago it’s been overtaken by lagers. Generally Ireland’s traditional beers are broken down in three groups, Irish reds, stouts, and lagers.

Irish Reds -Usually these will have malty flavors and a bit of roastiness. Murphy’s and Smithwick’s are good examples

Stouts -These are gonna have that bitterness from the grain with coffee and chocolate malt flavors. If you can, try Murphy’s or O’Hara’s. If those aren’t available you can go with the classic roastier Guinness, or thicker maltier Beamish.

Lagers - For most people in the states there is only one Irish lager, and that’s Harp. These lagers should have a bitterness up front, followed by a smooth finish.

If you want to get creative with your beer many Irish pubs in the states will serve some interesting beer mixers.

Black and Tan -Half stout and half ale. The beer stays separate giving it a cool look

Shandy - This is simply beer and lemonade. The combination isn’t as weird as it sounds

Black Velvet -If you really want to celebrate this one might be your choice. It’s Guinness and Champagne.