15 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Guinness

Strange facts about the famous stout

1 | Surprisingly, 40% of all Guinness is consumed in Africa, so consider a visit next St Patrick's Day.

2 | The brewery where Guinness is made, the St. James’ Gate Brewery in Dublin, was leased for 9,000 years by the Guinness family. The flat rate was an annual fee of about £45

3 | The Guinness Book Of World Records was released by Guinness in 1954 after the head of the company, Hugh Beaver, got into an argument over the name of a type of bird spotted on a hunting trip. He commissioned an official reference guide designed to solve all disputes in pubs across Britain and Ireland. 

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4 | When poured correctly it takes 119.5 seconds for the perfect pint to settle.

5 | It's a misconception that Guinness is stronger than beer or lager. It's only 4.2%. 

6 | It's also lower in calories than many people would imagine at 198 cals per pint. That's less than a glass of orange juice.

7 | The harp used on the Guinness logo was registered in 1876, many years before it was incorporated into emblems belonging to the Irish Government.

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8 | The distinction is that the Guinness Harp always appears with the straight edge to the left. The Republic of Ireland’s harp is the opposite way around.

9 | 10 million glasses of Guinness are consumed every day.

10 | Since its humble beginnings, Guinness now owns five breweries, in Ireland, Malaysia, Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon.

11 | Nearly 50% of all Guinness is drunk in Ireland, so next time you're visiting, ask for a pint of the good stuff.

12 | To pour the perfect pint of Guinness, experts and other lager enthusiasts say the pint should be poured at a 45 degree angle. So get your spirit level out.

13 | Guinness isn't actually black, it's a dark red (or "ruby") in colour. This is due to the roasted barley.

14 | The signature creamy head on a pint of Guinness is due to nitrogen bubbles released from the signature taps, a technology that Guinness pioneered.

15 | 2,304,000 pints of Guinness can be fermented in one brewing at the St James' Gate brewery in Dublin.

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