A pint of plain, the black stuff or Arthurs, whatever you call your pint of Guinness soon you will more choices from the venerable brewery. Inspired by two brewers’ diaries dating from 1796 and 1801, Guinness has announced a project to produce two new porters: Guinness Dublin Porter and Guinness West Indies Porter.
In a press release from the company, Marketing Director, Guinness Western Europe, Stephen OKelly said: “As beer lovers’ tastes and the beer landscape itself evolves, it is important we continue to stay at the forefront of beer innovation. Our brewers, at the core of the project, are passionate about pushing boundaries, whilst keeping true to the Guinness quality our customers know and love. Our two new beers; Dublin Porter and West Indies Porter are examples of this innovation and demonstrate the exciting things our brewers are continuing to do with stout.“
The first of the two new beers is Guinness Dublin Porter with origins going back to an entry in a Guinness brewers’ diary from 1796. At that time porter was the working man’s beer and was said to have been particularly loved by the laborers at train stations who moved luggage and cargo from one place to another. Many beer historians believe that porter was the precursor to the more modern stout. Indeed, stout means strong and in beer parlance refers to a strong porter. Guinness Dublin Porter is described in the company’s tasting notes as, “…sweet and smooth with malt and dark caramel notes.”
Guinness West Indies Porter is based on an 1801 diary entry for the first Guinness purposely brewed to maintain its freshness, on long sea voyages to the Caribbean and beyond. To guarantee the best quality upon arrival, Guinness brewers made a porter with more hops and a higher gravity in much the same way pale ales were hopped up to make the journey to India. Tasting notes in the press release claim, “West Indies Porter is complex yet mellow, hoppy with notes of toffee and chocolate.”
“It’s an exciting time in the beer market,” OKelly said. “And we have made a big commitment to growing Guinness, through innovation, in the years to come. Guinness is only 255 years into its 9,000-year lease on the St. James’s Gate brewery in Dublin; these two new releases are the first taste of what’s to come.”
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