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200 years of Guinness

Posted by ABC Fine Wine & Spirits on November 9, 2017

In Beer

We're gonna party like it's 1817.

Celebrating 200 years of everyone's favorite Irish stout coming to America is easy when the newly released brew is as smooth and rich as this bottle of liquid beauty. Guinness stout has been in the US for 200 years now, so the brewers decided to head back to St. James Gate to brew an anniversary beer that all at once refreshes the thirsty palates of Guinness lovers and reminds them of the very reason why they love this brew so dearly.

200 Years of Guinness

Let's take it back to 1817 real quick: it was a year of flooding immigration and freshly pioneered steam power (the technology!). That exact year was when Benjamin Guinness, son of Arthur Guinness himself, brewed his magnetic recipe for the first time. Eight barrels of Guinness porter (yes, porter at the time), were headed towards South Carolina. Their arrival ushers in an anniversary of a 200-year romance between people and their brewery. So to say a big, bold and rich THANK YOU, Guinness has at last released this limited-edition Guinness 200th Anniversary Export Stout.

To this day, America’s seemingly favorite stout is brewed in the same way at the same place - St. James’s Gate in Dublin. The Anniversary Export Stout has a mission: to breathe the same saturated red color and layered nuances of flavor from Benjamin Guinness' brew two centuries ago. It's rich and full-bodied with notes of caramel, toffee and sweet chocolate. It's approachable and easy-drinking with just the right amount of bitterness. It proudly banners the traditions of 1817 while grinning towards the future of Guinness in America.

200th Anniversary Guinness

Emma Giles, the Guinness Brand Director, said, “Two things have always been at the heart of the Guinness brand since our founding in 1759: brewing great beer and sharing our story. When we started brewing beer for America 200 years ago, that story became a shared one. Now, every time you share a pint with someone else, another chapter begins.”

200th Anniversary Guinness

This beer is brewed with Black Patent Malt and Golding Hops and has a 6% ABV. Aromas of toffee, caramel and slight chocolate notes lead into a mellow and velvety palate of sweet chocolate flavor. The finish is dry and smooth.

There's no denying... a rich, full-bodied brew like this will have you saying "Gimme a Guinness!"