30 Guinness Facts That’ll Leave You Thirsty For More!

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Guinness is one of the most popular beers in the world – and with good reason! Even though it’s so dark, it’s flavor profile is smooth and drinkable by almost everyone. As an Irish classic, it’s no wonder people from all over the world visit Dublin to see the headquarters.

But what do you know besides how delicious it is? Check out these 30 mouthwatering facts about Guinness and be even more impressed by this simple yet delicious beer!

  1. Guinness was founded in 1759 in Dublin, Ireland by Arthur Guinness.
  2. There are only four ingredients in Guinness – malted barley, hops, brewer’s yeast, and water.
  3. However, as simple as it may sound, in order to make Guinness, you need to have knowledge in microbiology, mycology, bacteriology, and thermodynamics.
  4. There is an official 6 step process to pouring a pint of Guinness perfectly. It takes exactly 119 and a half seconds, because you’re supposed to fill the pint glass 3/4th of the way at 45 degrees and let it sit for about a minute before filling the rest.
  5. There’s also an official way to drink it! Mark McGovern, the former brand manager of the Guinness storehouse, says you have to hold your elbow up to be perpendicular to the floor, and drink right through the head which is the most hoppy and bitter part of the beer, until you taste the sweeter body.
  6. The white balls in the Guinness cans are called “widgets.” They are filled with nitrogen infused beer to create the foamy head when you open the can. In 1991, the widget beat the internet as the best invention of the last 40 years.
  7. The Guinness Book of World records was founded in 1954 for the purpose of settling pub disputes.
  8. When Arthur opened Guinness, he signed a 9,000 year lease on the Saint James Gate location at around $60 per year. The lease, which included free access to a water supply, went out of effect when the property was bought and expanded.
  9. A 20 ounce pint of Guinness only has 210 calories – that’s less than a glass of milk or orange juice!
  10. To order a Guinness at a bar in Ireland, you can ask for a pint of the plain, the good stuff, your best, or just hold your forefinger in the air and the bartender will understand!
  11. Scientifically, Guinness does taste better in Ireland! This is most likely because of freshness and quality control.
  12. Guinness is brewed in more than 150 countries including Nigeria and Indonesia.
  13. Worldwide, over 10 million glasses of Guinness are sold every day. 3 million pints are brewed daily at the original Dublin brewery.
  14. Originally, Guinness also brewed an ale along with the porter. The ale was dropped in 1799 so the focus could be put on the popular stout.
  15. In 1928, Guinness employees were given on-site medical and dental care, two free pints after each shift, and full pensions. This makes Guinness one of the first companies to offer employee benefits.
  16. On September 24th, 2009 at 5:50 P.M, Ireland celebrated the 250th anniversary of Guinness with “Arthur’s Day.”
  17. In celebration for the 250th Guinness anniversary, a submarine bar was commissioned in 2009. A contest was held and the winners got to have a pint onboard.
  18. Guinness is still the biggest exporter of stout in the world, and remains to be a technologically modern brewery. It has its own power plant!
  19. Until 2009, blood donors in Ireland used to get a pint of free Guinness after they gave blood.
  20. While most people assume Guinness is black or brown, due to its coloring by roasted barley, it is actually a dark ruby red color.
  21. While draught Guinness is not vegan, the Guinness Extra is vegan!
  22. Half of all pints drunk in Ireland are Guinness, however 40% of all Guinness is sold in Africa.
  23. The Guinness brewery is the top visited attraction in Ireland. Over one million people visit the Guinness storehouse every year.
  24. The first print advertisement for Guinness promoted, “Guinness is good for you.” Researchers have found that there are antioxidant compounds in Guinness that are comparable to the ones found in certain fruits and vegetables.
  25. The harp because the official trademark in 1876, however there was initially issues because it is also the symbol of Ireland. To avoid this, it was agreed that the Guinness hard would always face right, and the official use of the harp logo would face left.
  26. Until 1939, if a Guinness brewer wanted to marry a Catholic, their resignation was requested.
  27. Interestingly enough, around 1860, Arthur’s grandson who had taken control of the brewery, donated almost $200,000 dollars towards the restoration of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
  28. Every batch at the Guinness factory is taste tested to ensure no bad batches are sent out!
  29. In the 1960’s, employees were segregated by gender because they were afraid men’s lewd conversation would be offensive to the women.
  30. The Guinness Store house has a Gravity Bar, which is 150 feet off the ground and the highest bar in Dublin.

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Michelle Gabriel is a freelance writer and blogger and currently loving it! Her primary focus and passion is traveling, which she does full time and continues to be her preferred topic when composing articles.

5 Animals That Get Drunk in the Wild

Drinking is one of mankind’s oldest pastimes, steeped in rich history spanning back long before the supposed birth of Christ. Did you know that “The Star Spangled Banner” (America’s National Anthem) was actually written to the tune of an old drinking song for example? Or that the world’s oldest known recipe is one for beer?

That’s right; alcohol has a long, long history and a great significance in mankind’s modern society – but what about in the animal kingdom? Are there animals out there that like to indulge in a little tipple themselves? Well you can rest assured, people aren’t the only living creatures to feel the wrath of a hangover! From birds going to rehab and bees getting DUIs, to monkeys stealing cocktails and scrapping with each other, here is a list of 5 animals that get drunk in the wild and how they do it.


Pen-Tailed Tree Shrews & their bedtime beer nightcap.

Pen-Tailed Tree Shrews

In the rainforests of Malaysia lives the Pen-Tailed Tree Shrew, a small rodent no bigger than your average rat, which has a nightly thirst for fermented palm nectar. Their poison of choice has an alcoholic content very similar to that of beer, and for about two hours every night these shrews will booze it up without fail!

Now this may sound like a drinking problem to us, but to these shrews it’s a way of life, and one they’ve lived for millennia. In fact, this has been their way of life for so long that despite the huge amounts of daily drink they consume they don’t even get drunk! Scientists believe that this mass nightly alcohol consumption is highly beneficial for the shrews, stating that they have a more adept metabolism when it comes to consuming alcohol, helping them avoid cardiovascular risk, and helping them consume more calories through the munchies!


American Bats that handle alcohol better than their Egyptian cousins.

Drunk American Bats

Tropical bats from both Central and South America have been observed to regularly eat fermented fruits and nectar; however they are found to rarely feel the effects of the alcohol they consume. Bats navigate during flight through the use of echolocation, which is like an inbuilt sonar system they have. It was found that when they had a blood alcohol content of 0.3% (bear in mind all states in America require a driver to have a blood alcohol content of less than 0.08%) they were still able to navigate a tricky obstacle course and maze using their echolocation. It was also discovered that the bats did not slur their words, so to speak, when using their echolocation.

However, the same study found that the same type of bats in Egypt crashed whilst navigating the same obstacle course a lot more. Whilst the true reason for this is hard to pin down, the scientists believe that the Egyptian bats have a lower tolerance to alcohol as they have less fermented fruit to eat, also saying that the American bats’ tolerance gives them a distinct evolutionary edge, allowing them to eat food untouched by other animals and remain relatively sober.


Bohemian Waxwing Birds who have to go to rehab.

Bohemian Waxwing Birds Drunk

Bohemian Waxwing Birds are known to enjoy feasting upon the berries that grow on Rowan Trees, especially as the weather becomes cooler and the berries start to ferment. Now only some of the birds eat the berries until they’re well and truly trashed, with most of the birds just getting a little buzzed. But for those who don’t know when to stop, flying places becomes problematic – and dangerous – with a couple of drunken fatal crashes into buildings being recorded whilst under the influence. In 2014 several of these birds became so intoxicated that they were taken to an animal healthcare and treatment facility in the Yukon, Canada, in order to sober up. For those that weren’t able to recover there was another option – rehab, in the Yukon Wildlife Preserve!


Bees who gets DUIs.

Bees Get Drunk

Getting a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) is probably the most damning driving infraction a person can get. Now imagine getting one of those for flying drunk. Bees are known to get drunk from fermented nectar, and when drunk are very dangerous flyers, often causing accidents. Some bees even get so wasted that they can’t even find their way back to the hive! But those that do make it back to the hive have it far worse. A study on drunk bees showed that when a bee returns to the hive drunk, the other bees will often block it from entering the hive until it has sobered up, sometimes attacking them in order to help them straighten themselves out! And when they’ve eventually landed they’re often grounded until they’re safe to fly again!


The drunk Monkeys of St. Kitts.

St. Kitts Drunk Monkeys

On the Caribbean island of St. Kitts there lives a population of wild Green Vervet Monkeys that are notorious alcoholics! Way back when, the monkeys were notorious for stealing and eating the fermented sugar canes used to make rum, but as the rum industry has evolved so has the monkeys’ booze stealing methods. Now a very popular tourist destination, St. Kitts’s beaches are often full of tourists kicking back and enjoying a cocktail. However, not all those cocktails are consumed by tourists – oh no! The Green Vervet’s are notorious for stealing the cocktails of unassuming beach goers.

A study conducted on these monkeys found that, much like us humans, the monkeys tend to split into four different categories of drinker: social drinker, steady drinker, binge drinker, and teetotaler. Most of the monkeys are social drinkers who tend to only have a moderate tipple with other monkeys, although never before lunch. 12% are steady drinkers who enjoy more than their social drinking friends, 5% are excessive boozy binge drinkers, and only a small fraction are teetotal. Those 5% that are classed as binge drinkers are notorious for stumbling about, vomiting, starting fights and binge eating until they pass out whilst under the influence! The same study also found that juvenile monkeys drink more than adults and all of the monkeys much prefer a fruity cocktail.