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9 Fun Facts About Guinness - Why Guinness Beer Is Dark ? - Library of Explore

Updated: Jul 21, 2021

Guinness is a type of black beer native to Ireland. Since 1759, Guinness has been produced in Dublin's St James's Gate district.

One feature of Guinness is that it contains a creamy dense foam. This foam does not lose its density as the beer is drunk. We've prepared some fun facts to learn more about Guinness!


1. Guinness beer is not actually black, but a deep ruby red.

Guinness is a deep ruby red because of the way it is brewed. Guinness is a hard beer which means it is created using malted barley that has been roasted similar to the way coffee beans are prepared. The intense heating process cooks sugars, amino acids, and grains together to produce very dark colors.

2. The ball in Guinness beer may surprise you.

If you're an avid drinker, you may have wondered why there's a small rocking ball inside your can of Guinness. The white balls in cans of Guinness are called "widgets". They are filled with nitrogen-filled beer to create a foamy head when you open the can. The invention is actually very notable: The widget won the Queen's Award for Technology in 1991.


3. Guinness beer is now officially vegan.

It's official - all Guinness is now available for vegans. If you are a vegan who likes to drink beer, Guinness is an excellent choice both in terms of taste and production.

4. The second largest customer of Guinness beer is in Africa

It won't surprise you to learn that the UK (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales) is the place where Guinness is consumed the most, but it may surprise you to learn that two of the top five Guinness-consuming countries are Nigeria and Cameroon. This is because Guinness owns five breweries worldwide, located in Ireland, Malaysia, Nigeria, Ghana, and Cameroon.

As Smithsonian Magazine explains, the reason Guinness is so big in Africa dates back to when beer began to be exported from Ireland to Barbados, Trinidad, and the British Colony of Sierra Leone in the early 1800s. Wherever the British Empire colonized or established bases, Guinness beers were sent for the soldiers. Guinness has remained as active as before, forming partnerships with local breweries that produce the beer and still sell it to this day.

Guinness beer

5. It was the first beer to use nitrogen.

In each of the Guinness; There are 300,000 tiny bubbles filled with carbon dioxide and nitrogen. This gives the beer a distinctive smooth texture and a particularly creamy taste. If you look closely enough, you can see the bubbles falling instead of rising. Many beers add nitrogen to their recipes today. It has even been adopted in soda and cold brew coffee. You may not be able to fix the nitrogen with beer when you first hear it, but once you try it, you will realize what a beautiful and clever technique it is.

6. It was one of the first trademarked products.

In the 19th century, the company invented a trademark-protected label to protect the Guinness name abroad. This included Arthur Guinness's signature and the harp on the beer's label. The harp is the same as seen on the Irish coat of arms but facing the opposite direction. This harp was also used as a symbol of the Kingdom of Ireland in the past. It was a wise choice as they retained their unique symbols.


7. ‘Guinness is good for you’

"Guinness is good for you" was the company's motto for nearly 40 years, beginning in the 1920s. Beer was believed to have medicinal properties, and doctors even recommended it to their patients. New mothers in Irish hospitals have been reported to be given Guinness after giving birth as the beer's high iron content is thought to be beneficial for recovery. We're not saying it's definitely healty, but it's definitely good for your stomach and palate.

8. The Guinness Book of Records was inspired by an argument in a bar.

In the early 1950s, Guinness managing director Sir Hugh Beaver went on a hunting trip where he and his colleagues debated about Europe's fastest game bird. No one could find the answer in reference books, so it was decided that the company would put together a book of facts and figures to definitively settle the trivial debate in the bars.

9. Guinness Storehouse

The Guinness brewery is the most visited attraction in Ireland. More than a million people visit the Guinness store every year.

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