Guinness: The 250 Year Quest for the Perfect Pint

Bill Yenne

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 0470120525

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A perfectly poured history of the world's greatest beer.

"Joseph Conrad was wrong. The real journey into the Heart of Darkness is recounted within the pages of Bill Yenne's fine book. Guinness (the beer) is a touchstone for brewers and beer lovers the world over. Guinness (the book) gives beer enthusiasts all the information and education necessary to take beer culture out of the clutches of light lagers and back into the dark ages. Cheers!"
-Sam Calagione, owner, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and author of Brewing Up a Business, Extreme Brewing, and Beer or Wine?

"Marvelous! As Bill Yenne embarks on his epic quest for the perfect pint, he takes us along on a magical tour into the depths of all things Guinness. Interweaving the tales of the world's greatest beer and the nation that spawned it, Yenne introduces us to a cast of characters worthy of a dozen novels, a brewery literally dripping with history, and-of course-the one-and-only way to properly pour a pint. You can taste the stout porter on every page."
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and 60 barrels, while ale was brewed just a couple of times monthly and in smaller quantities. The handwriting was, if not on the wall, clearly spelled out for posterity in Arthur Guinness’s own hand in his notebook. St. James’s Gate was now a porter brewery. As for types of porter, the records contained within the Guinness brewery notebooks tell us that these included Town Porter, Country Porter, Keeping Porter, and Superior Porter. Town Porter was brewed for sale in and near Dublin, while the

continued exports of Foreign Extra Stout to the United States. The Guinness Extra Stout produced at Long Island City was originally brewed to the classic specifications of the pre-1914 era, when the beer was produced at a higher gravity than that mandated during World War I and retained as standard thereafter. This produced confusion in the marketplace when the American product was being sold side-by-side with imported Foreign Extra Stout, which had a very different flavor. During 1949, The

August. Great Men and Great Ideas 135 “It was a marketing giveaway,” Beaver recalled. “It wasn’t supposed to be a money maker,” said Beaver. First published in the United States in 1956, it sold 70,000 copies. Issued annually, the book eventually became a global best seller. With hundreds of millions sold in more than 100 counties, year after year, it became the biggest selling copyrighted book in history. 16 A Family Business at Two Hundred During the 1950s, as Arthur Fawcett

It was in 1961, after having received a positive reception in Ireland, that Harp Lager was introduced in the United Kingdom. The draught variant of Harp followed in 1964, but the delivery system, like the brewing, was strictly in the lager style, and nitrogenation was not used. In the United Kingdom, Guinness initially marketed Harp in cooperation with British ale brewers, including Bass, Courage, Barclay & Simonds, and Scottish & Newcastle. Through the coming years, Harp Lager became an integral

Richard Guinness’s ancestry. One of the more colorful and improbable stories casts Richard Guinness as the illegitimate son of an Irish girl and an English soldier named Gennys, who was stranded in Ireland after the battle. A more likely story, and one that Arthur Guinness himself believed to be accurate, was that his father was descended from or related to Bryan Viscount Magennis of Iveagh (Uibh Eachach) in County Down. Magennis was a Catholic nobleman who supported James II before and during

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