Dublin’s Gift #1: Guinness

Well, Dublin may be late to the party, but never let it be said that we didn’t rock it when we got here. In the great tradition of our other Metroblogging siblings, Dublin presents Seven Gifts from Our Fair City, starting with the arguably most well-loved and perhaps best known, Guinness.


Oh, Guinness. Frothy, smooth, and deliciously subtle, this best-known Irish beer has arguably set the standard for stout altogether. First made by Arthur Guinness at the St. James’s Gate Brewery in 1759, Guinness was originally produced as a porter that was changed to a stout primarily in the early 1800’s. Now it’s shipped all over the world, including Jamaica, China, Malaysia, the United States, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Britain, and even Nigeria–which has become the third largest market for exported Guinness in the world, probably due the the 7.5% abv in the export.

Love it, hate it, kind of curious about it, Guinness remains a quintessential part of Irish culture and particularly Dublin life, from the Guinness Storehouse, that mecca of tourism, to the St. James Brewery, to your favorite local. You see it everywhere, sponsoring hurling, world-class jazz festivals, and gracing the back of everyone who comes to visit our fair city.It’s my own personal choice for gabbing around with my friends, and it’s Dublin’s first gift!

4 Comments so far

  1. mansoor (unregistered) on December 6th, 2006 @ 12:05 pm


    welcome to the party dublin! better late than never

    karachi MB

  2. SA Anders (unregistered) on December 6th, 2006 @ 1:01 pm

    Thanks Karachi! We’ve got a lot to be thankful for…

  3. Stephen (unregistered) on December 6th, 2006 @ 2:39 pm

    I never have developed the taste for this.. but my buds always try to give me a pint for St. Patty’s day!

    I’ll say for sure that it is a quintessential gift!

  4. SA Anders (unregistered) on December 6th, 2006 @ 3:18 pm

    I think so. Nothing like a beer loved ’round the world. And a beer intricately associated with the celebration of being Irish around the world, even if you’re only Irish for the day. I have a taste for it myself, but not all the time. It’s a good sit-down-and-talk-with-your-friends kind of drink, but not one I would drink just to drink it. And probably not with a meal, though I have before.

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