The Guinness Storehouse Introduces the Guinness STOUTie

GSHS_1On November 1, Guinness & Co. (Dublin, Ireland) will recognize International Stout Day at The Guinness Storehouse with the introduction of the Guinness STOUTie,  “a picture-perfect pint featuring your selfie or chosen design on the head of the iconic black and white stout.”

Although it may look like some kind of sorcery, the Guinness STOUTie is indeed a reality thanks to “the Ripples technology, which combines patented 3D printer mechanics with Ink-Jet printing.”  This innovative personalization process adds “natural malt extract to the top of the Guinness pint to create the chosen design. The iconic black and white stout provides the perfect canvas for a sepia toned selfie.”

“Ripples is known for offering brands the possibility to create unique, personalised consumer experiences by printing image or photo content onto foam-topped beverages. We are thrilled to partner with Guinness for The STOUTie launch – exciting beer lovers by making their beverage unique. Together, we are creating ripples of enjoyment at the home of Guinness in Dublin. Today, we are also excited to announce the EMEA commercial availability of the Ripple Maker PM used to power the STOUTie at the Storehouse, and set to create ripples of enjoyment across the world.”


– Yossi Meshulam, CEO of Ripples

If you wish to get your hands on this highly Instagrammable pint, the STOUTie is exclusively available at The Guinness Storehouse for the cost of €6.00. Click here for more information on the STOUTie and to purchase tickets for The Guinness Storehouse.  Prost!




Guinness Sends 200th Anniversary Export Stout to the U.S.

200thExportStoutGuinness & Co. (Dublin, Ireland) has officially announced that Guinness 200th Anniversary Export Stout is now available in the U.S. market for a limited time.

America’s history with Guinness can be traced back to “a single line” recorded in a brewer’s log on October 16, 1817.  That short note indicated that the “first eight barrels of Guinness beer – a porter to be exact – meant for America would make their arrival in South Carolina.” Two centuries have now passed since that modest note was written, but its impact has resulted in more than anyone could have imagined.  It was the genesis of a 200-year bond between America and Ireland that has resided within each and every pint of Guinness that has been poured in this country since.

To honor and recognize this 200-year-old relationship, the folks at Guinness conceived and crafted Guinness 200th Anniversary Export Stout at their Open Gate Brewery, “the pilot brewery . . . where Guinness brewers experiment with new styles and reinterpret historical brews.”  Drawing inspiration from a recipe developed in 1817 by Benjamin Guinness, the son of Arthur Guinness, the 200th Anniversary Export Stout (6% ABV) has been “brewed with Black Patent Malt and Goldings Hops” to result in a “dark ruby red” Stout that is “complex and smooth with a sweet chocolate flavor.”

“We took a look at that export stout’s recipe from 1817 in our brewing records and used that as our inspiration here, but it’s not just an homage to who we were as brewers then or who America was as a country,” said Peter Simpson, Head Brewer at the Open Gate Brewery in Dublin. “We’re also using this beer as a way to show how much we’re looking forward to the next 200 years. We knew it had to be special, and we really think this throwback recipe captures exactly what we wanted from 1817 all the way through 2017.”

Guinness 200th Anniversary Export Stout is hitting shelves now in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles (MSRP: $8.99, 6-pack) and in the 200 Years of Stout in America Mixed Pack (MSRP: $21.99, 12-pack). You can find this Limited Release offering at fine beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida and throughout the rest of Guinness & Co.’s nationwide distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Guinness 200th Anniversary Export Stout from Guinness & Co.

Release – Limited, launching October 2017
Style – Export Stout
ABV – 6%
Featured Malt – Black Patent Malt
Hops – Goldings
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & in the Guinness 200 Years of Stout in America Mixed 12-Pack
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Guinness Introduces Irish Wheat as New Limited Release

irishwheathandGuinness & Co. (Dublin, Ireland) has officially announced the release of Guinness Irish Wheat as the brewery’s newest beer.

Since “The Open Gate Brewery is home to a group of Guinness brewers from all over the world whose job is to explore new recipes . . .  and . . . bring exciting beers to life,” the brewery has now further expanded their portfolio by welcoming the warm weather of spring and summer with the limited release of Guinness Irish Wheat.  For their take on this style, the brewers at Guinness combined 100% Irish-grown wheat, Amarillo and Mount Hood hops, and the brewery’s signature yeast to create “a clean, crisp refreshing tasting beer with notes of zesty citrus, subtle clove and banana.” Guinness Irish Wheat is the latest offering to join “a line of creations that includes Rye Pale Ale, Antwerpen Stout, Nitro IPA, and Guinness Blonde American Lager.”

“I wanted to help create the best wheat beer outside of Germany,” said brewer Jasmin Winterer, whose native home of Germany led her to come up with the concept for Irish Wheat. “The style is familiar, but if you look closer, you’ll see how we made it distinctly Guinness – this beer uses 100% wheat sourced in Ireland and the very same yeast that goes into our world famous stout.”

Guinness Irish Wheat is rolling out now and will be available throughout the warm weather months.  This limited release offerings can be found nationwide in the U.S. in 6-packs of 11.2 oz. bottles for the suggested retail price of $9.99.  Prost!

Vital Information for Guinness Irish Wheat from Guinness & Co.

Release – Limited, launching spring 2017
Style – Wheat Ale
ABV – 5.3%
IBUs – 21
Malts – Irish Wheat & Stout malts
Hops – Mount Hood & Amarillo
Availability – 6-packs of 11.2 oz. bottles
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Guinness Releases Two Beers New to U.S. Market

guinnessharpGuinness & Co. (Dublin, Ireland) announced this week that Guinness Antwerpen Stout and Guinness Rye Pale Ale will now be available in the United States for the first time as limited releases.

First brewed in 1944 for the Belgian City of Antwerp, you may have heard Guinness Antwerpen Stout called by a different name, Guinness Special Export.  No matter what you call it, this fan-favorite is known the world over for its “intense roasted malt, smoked wood, raisin and licorice notes and its sweet smells of bittersweet chocolate, coffee and a touch of black currant.”  The finished beer weighs in at 8.0% ABV and 52 IBUs.  This beer is so beloved that the brewers at St. James Gate have been known to line up for a bottle or two before it ships off to Belgium.

“It’s been more than 70 years since we first exported the Antwerpen Stout from Dublin to Antwerp, but its cult following is probably stronger than it’s ever been,” noted Padraig Fox, the General Manager for the Open Gate Brewery Experience. “I guess now the secret is out. Even if it is only for a few months, we’re happy to see this Guinness favorite having its moment in the U.S.”

A slightly newer creation from GuinnessGuinness Rye Pale Ale came to be last year as a Brewers Project offering developed as a holiday gift for family and friends of the brewery.  All who received it enjoyed the beer so much that it was brewed again to tap at the Open Gate Brewery in Dublin.  The high praise continued and this surprise hit was then promoted to large scale brewing.  The popularity of Guinness Rye Pale Ale is due to the beer’s rye malt supplying a peppery bite that is balanced with “grapefruit and citrus flavor from Mosaic and Cascade hops.”  The final beer comes in at 5.0% ABV and 18 IBUs.

“Beer is obviously something we love, and we wanted to share a little something we were working on with just a few of our closest friends and family and colleagues at the brewery,” explained Peter Simpson, one of the brewers who worked on the original batch of Guinness Rye Pale Ale. “We didn’t expect it to get this kind of reaction, but it just sort of snowballed. Now here we are about to introduce it to the other side of the world.”

Guinness Antwerpen Stout and Guinness Rye Pale Ale are rolling out now and these limited time releases will continue to be available in the U.S. until December of 2016.  Look for Guinness Antwerpen Stout in 4-packs of 11.2 oz. bottles for the suggested retail price of $9.99, and Guinness Rye Pale Ale will turn up in 6-packs of 11.2 oz. bottles for the suggested retail price of $8.99.  If you are interested in trying these two examples of Guinness brewing history, seek them out at fine beer retailers nationwide over the next few months.  Prost!