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10 Great Facts about Guinness!

Updated on August 29, 2013

One of the Best Pours out there....

What can I say, I meet more people that enjoy a cold Guinness than not. The fact that Guinness has been in existence for 250 years + and to have maintained it's popularity (or even grown more popular) is impressive! Got to love my bread loaf in a glass. Here are a few facts I found to be rather interesting.....cheers!

Guinness is high in iron content

In fact, it is given to blood donors in Ireland, as well as some post-operation patients of stomach and intestine procedures.

Guinness is very popular in Africa

Nigeria and Cameroon are numbers 3 and 5 in this beer's market. Although in Nigeria, they have a sweeter version that comes from using sorghum instead of barley.

The original brewery in Dublin is said to have a haunted tunnel.

A tunnel leading from the St. James's Gate Guinness brewery to Dublin's River Liffey is said to be haunted....even ghosts get thirsty I guess.

The Guinness World Records are related to the beer company.

In 1951, Sir Hugh Beaver was a managing director of the Guinness Brewery, came up with the concept of Guinness World Records to solve bar arguments.

Guinness Beer has Egyptian roots! (kind of)

The yeast strain used in Guinness originated in Egypt....what a small world it is.

Guinness isn't THAT many more calories...

There are roughly 170 calories in a 160z pint of Guinness. Whereas, Bud Light contains approximately 143 and Michelob Light contains 177.Which means....go for the good stuff!

How do you best like your Guinness?

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Even Canadians love Guinness

Canadians will drink about 2.2 million pints of Guinness on an average Saturday.

Arthur Guinness' birth site is unknown

The founder of Guinness, master-brewer Arthur Guinness, has an unknown official birthdate and birth site. However, according to his gravestone in Oughterard, Ireland says he passed away on January 23, 1803 at age 78. So by doing the math, he would have been born in 1724 or 1725.

The founding brewer, Arthur Guinness.
The founding brewer, Arthur Guinness.

Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000 year lease to St. James Gate Brewery in Dublin

Good thing it's only 250 years in?

Guinness is good for you....really!

Guinness contains antioxidants that slow down the deposit that builds up on artery walls. It also contains a good amount of protein. One Guinness a day will keep the doctor away!

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      Lee Cloak 

      5 years ago

      "So thirsty" great hub, always interested in reading about Guinness and always interestred in drinking it, voted up, thanks, Lee

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by, Thelma Alberts! Good to hear from another Guinness fan :) Glad you enjoyed the trivia!

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      Thelma Alberts 

      7 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Oh, my favorite drink! I love Guinness and I know some of the health benefits you mentioned. Thanks for sharing this very informative hub.

    • tastiger04 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      thanks, sweetie1! I appreciate you stopping by and giving some feedback....hopefully this trivia will come in useful someday regardless :)

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      7 years ago from India

      Haunted tunnel wow that is funny.. I do not drink any kind of alcohol but very interesting hub.

    • tastiger04 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Much appreciated! Yes Guinness is fantastic :) thanks for the nice feedback , Imlynde!

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      7 years ago from Nevada on top of liking the fantastic trick it does when you pour Guinness into the glass, it also has 10+ reasons to like it even more! Great article for all of us Guinness fans around the world!

    • tastiger04 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thank you Suzie HQ! :) Yes what would the world be without Guinness? One of my favorite beers and a salute to the Irish half of me! Thanks much for the feedback!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi tastiger,

      Ah, our national treasure! I used to love the odd glass of cold draft Guinness and even a dash of blackcurrant added. Sacrilegious to "real" Guinness drinkers! LOL The facts you mentioned are great! i knew quite a few including the high iron content. Voted up, useful interesting and shared!

    • tastiger04 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Sounds like a blast! Wow I can't imagine ever turning down free Guinness.....but you are right, it would have been rude to say no! Their loss, your win :) Thanks for stopping by!

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      Brian Stephens 

      7 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      I spent a very memorable afternoon drinking in the bar at the Guinness brewery. The Japanese didn't really like it, so kept giving us their tickets for their free tasters. Would have been rude to say no!

    • tastiger04 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Lol, nice pun!

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      Yoleen Lucas 

      7 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      I guess they don't call it "spirits" for nothing! :-D

    • tastiger04 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      lol! well I guess everyone knows that all good roads/tunnels/paths lead to beer....:)

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      Yoleen Lucas 

      7 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      I'll drink to that!

      Regarding the haunted tunnel - how do you know the people visiting it don't have the DTs? LOL!

    • tastiger04 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thanks for the feedback! Cheers :)

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      7 years ago from Barbados.

      Excellent article! I definitely didn't know the bit about it being full of iron. I'm interested in learning a bit more about the 'haunted tunnel' so I'm definitely going to search that.

      Voted up and interesting. Great job, and cheers!


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