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Irish Wheat new Guinness offereing

Irish Wheat 1Guinness, the classic brewer from Ireland has been expanding its portfolio of beers lately and are now releasing a new product dubbed Guinness Irish Wheat. The brew is a classic wheat utilizes the same yeast found in the brewer’s stout. The result is a refreshing, light beer with notes of banana, cloves and citrus.

To learn more about the new beer, read the official press release below:

DUBLIN (March 30, 2017) – The good times that begin on St. Patrick’s Day don’t have to end by March 18 – after all, spring is here, summer’s on its way, and there’s much more to celebrate. With that spirit in mind, the Guinness brand is introducing Irish Wheat, the brewer’s newest beer.

“When the weather’s warmer, people love crisp, refreshing-tasting wheat beers,” said Padraig Fox, the General Manager for the Open Gate Brewery in Dublin, where Guinness Irish Wheat was brewed. “So now is the perfect time to unveil Irish Wheat, our uniquely Guinness spin on a really popular style of beer. From the ‘Sunny South’ of Ireland, where we source our wheat, to the USA – sláinte.”

The Open Gate Brewery is home to a group of Guinness brewers from all over the world whose job is to explore new recipes, reinterpret old ones, and ultimately, bring exciting beers to life. It’s a process that takes time and patience, which is also the right approach to enjoying these brews. Irish Wheat is the latest in a line of creations that includes Rye Pale Ale, Antwerpen Stout, Nitro IPA, and Guinness Blonde American Lager – each with its own unique story.

“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.”

Irish Wheat is right in line with a brewery that’s been putting its own spin on things since day one. In the late 1700s, Arthur Guinness, like most brewers at the time, based his operation on a steady production of ales. That all changed in 1799 when he chose to switch things up from those ales and focus more on darker, stouter beers, including the stout the world knows now. A couple of centuries later, this taste for innovation would also lead to the world’s first nitrogenated beer.

Guinness Irish Wheat will be available nationwide in the U.S. for a limited time in six packs of 11.2 oz. bottles for a suggested retail price of $9.99.

Tasting Notes

  • Irish Wheat is a clean, crisp refreshing tasting beer with notes of zesty citrus, subtle clove and banana
  • Appearance: light, golden with a typical wheat haze
  • Aroma: cloves with a hint of banana and citrus
  • Taste: clean, low bitterness with a subtle clove/banana flavor and a hint of zesty citrus
  • ABV: 5.3%
  • IBU: 21
  • Hops: Mount Hood & Amarillo
  • Malts: Irish Wheat & Stout Malt

To keep up with all things Guinness beer in America, be sure to follow @GuinnessUS on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And whether enjoying a bottle of Irish Wheat out in the sun, or sipping on any beer from the Guinness family, please remember to respect the beer and drink sensibly.

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2017 in Beer, Beer Releases

 

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Guinness launches “Give a ‘Stache” campaign

guinness_logoIt is no secret that Guinness has been and continues to be a huge part of nearly all St. Patrick Day celebrations. This year the iconic Irish brew wants to give back. See all the details in the official press release below.

Above the Upper Lip, USA (February 23, 2017) – Once a year, as the cold begins to thaw and the first hints of spring are in the air, St. Patrick’s Day comes along to give us a reason to celebrate – and especially right here, right now, it’s time we celebrate what brings us together. The Guinness brand is synonymous with this holiday, and now more than ever, it’s up to us to help start great conversations, and to show that St. Patrick’s Day can bring out the best in all of us.

It’s no secret that each pint of Guinness stout, when enjoyed slowly, leaves behind a foam mustache after the first sip. This year, the ‘Stache will be the brewer’s overarching symbol for building the bonds between us, encouraging all of us to come together, no matter our backgrounds, beliefs or political leanings. In that spirit, from now through March 19, 2017, adult beer lovers can share photos of their ‘Staches – self-grown and groomed, drawn-on, or Guinness-enhanced – on social media. For each photo tagging @GuinnessUS and using #StacheForCharity, Guinness will donate $1 (up to $100,000) to the Guinness Gives Back Fund*, which supports nonprofits that contribute to the common good in our communities.

“Let’s face it, now’s as good a time as any to raise a pint,” said Guinness Brand Director Emma Giles. “We need to reconnect with what can bring us together as family, friends, coworkers, Americans, and most basically, human beings. St. Patrick’s Day is almost here and few, if any, holidays are as unifying or as celebratory.”

The symbol of the ‘Stache will appear alongside Guinness brand activity, including at bars and restaurants, throughout the St. Patrick’s Day season. To spread the word about the good a ‘Stache can do, the brand is releasing digital content that shows people of all backgrounds sporting ‘Staches, thus turning the brand’s iconic foam into a symbol for unity. A separate video series will follow a Guinness ambassador around town, where he finds the Guinness spirit in the unlikeliest of places.

“There’s just something about the Guinness ‘Stache that makes you crack a smile,” Giles said. “What better symbol this time of year for unity, communion and giving back?”

To keep an eye on everything the Guinness brand is doing and to get in on the ‘Stache action, follow @GuinnessUS on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Whether you’re having a Guinness Draught and getting your ‘Stache, or ordering up any other Guinness beer this St. Patrick’s Day, please respect the beer and drink sensibly.

* The Guinness Gives Back Fund is a corporate donor advised fund administered by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation.

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2017 in Beer, Imports

 

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Nitro brews a growing craft beer trend

guinness_cascadeThe smooth, creamy texture of beers like Guinness, Bodington’s and Old Speckled Hen is due to the addition of nitrogen rather than carbon dioxide. Since nitrogen forms much smaller bubbles than CO2, the result is a silky smooth mouthfeel that has won over legions of beer drinkers the world over. The popularity of these beers and the unique sensation and flavors created by nitrogen has contributed to the growing trend among craft brewers to add nitrogen to their beers. Over the past few years more and more brewers have added nitro taps to their tap rooms and begun experimenting with the gas.

Nitrogen is largely insoluble in liquid, which is what contributes to the thick mouth feel. This effect is helped by a special piece of tap equipment known as a restrictor plate that forces the beer through tiny holes before it lands in the glass. That process causes the “rising” effect that is topped with the head. And it’s really only the bubbles on the sides of the glass that fall. Inside they are actually rising, as typically seen with a poured carbonated beverage.

Left Hand Brewing Company of Longmont, Colo. was the first American craft brewer to introduce a bottled nitrogen beer without a widget to dd the gas to the beer. On the first night of the 2011 Great American Beer Festival, Left Hand revealed Milk Stout Nitro in a bottle.

Just a few years later, Tampa brewing powerhouse Cigar City Brewing Company decided to begin a program dedicated to distributing a number of their brews for nitro taps. In 2013 the brewery issued a memo to its distributors that said:

We here at CCB have decided to place a focus on our draft nitro beers. We think the nitro adds a unique aspect to many brands. Our tasting room has two nitro taps and we want to get more nitro beers out into the market.

Since then, the trend has spread to many more breweries who have begun experimenting with putting all manner of beers on tap. Traditionally, beers that are predominantly malt forward have been served on nitro. These beers consist primarily of stouts and porters, but may also include malty ales like Boddington’s. But, as the trend spreads, some brewers are trying the gas with pumpkin ales, red ales and even IPAs to spectacular results.

The trend has become so popular that it has spawned nitro only beer festivals and even a new product that allows homebrewers to turn any beer into a nitro beer. Called NitroBrew, the new device allows beer-lovers to even turn store-bought brews into a smooth, creamy nitrogen masterpiece.

To learn more about the NitroBrew, read the press release below.

New York, NY — NitroBrew, an innovative new technology that nitrogenates any beer at the point of service, is now available to craft beer fans and home brewers at http://nitrobrew.com/shop/.  An ideal Father’s Day gift, NitroBrew is the first commercially available product designed to bring nitrogenating technology into the home, enabling beer lovers to nitrogenate store-bought brews and hobbyist beer brewers to create their own nitro-style brews from scratch.  In under a minute, NitroBrew turns any home-brewed or bottled beer into a sensational, silky nitro-style beer masterpiece.

Nitro-style beers are rapidly gaining popularity among beer connoisseurs and foodies for their smooth mouthfeel and well-rounded flavor.  The nitrogenated beverage trend has also crossed over into cold brew coffee, which NitroBrew can also be used to nitrogenate.

“The precise balance of nitrogen and carbon dioxide in a nitrogenated beer changes dramatically during transportation and storage.  Whether it’s bottled or kegged, it’s impossible for a brewer to control the quality of a nitrogenated beer after it leaves the brewery,” said NitroBrew inventor and 25-year beer industry veteran Murthy Tata. “My colleagues and I developed NitroBrew to deliver a dependable mix of nitrogen and carbon dioxide with every pour at the point of service, whether it’s a bar, a restaurant or at home.”

Each NitroBrew kit includes a kettle, a discreet charging station and a small air compressor.  NitroBrew is easy to use, easy to clean, compact and takes up little storage space.

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2015 in Beer Styles

 

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St. Patrick’s Day tradition; how to pour a perfect Guinness

guinnessWith St. Patrick’s Day just a few days off, many Irish and wanna-be Irish revelers will be filling pubs and bars across the nation. Many will reach for that quintessential Irish brew Guinness to refresh and fortify them through the long celebration. Understanding the proper way to pour a pint of black is important to understanding why it takes a few extra minutes for the bartender to deliver your draft. Pouring Guinness is an art and requires a bit more than simply pulling a pint of any old brew. The following article, originally published on Kegorator.com, explains the steps.

But, if you are a more introspective type and plan to celebrate the with friends at home or in small gatherings. For those souls who wisely eschew the crowds and stay close to home, but still want a perfect pour of Guinness, simply take the following instructions and apply it to pouring from a bottle of can of the black stuff.

Whether you stay home or embrace the madness that is St. Patty’s Day, please remember to never drink and drive!

The Mystery Behind Pouring the Perfect Guinness: Step-by-Step Guide

For some reason Guinness seems more prone to be shrouded in a veil of mystery than any other type of beer out there. It is popular dry Stout which was originally developed in Ireland back in the late 1700s. Three centuries later, it remains one of the most popular beers across the globe. Because it is unique in many ways, it must be treated differently when pouring, kegging and distributing it.

We’ve previously discussed how to pour the perfect draft beer. However, in that article we failed to mention that pouring Guinness takes a slightly different technique. To honor our devoted Guinness drinkers, we’d like to take this opportunity to teach you how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness.

Why Does Guinness Need to be Poured Differently?

The first question many people ask is why Guinness must be poured differently from other beers. There are a number of reasons for this, but the most important is the ratio of nitrogen to carbon dioxide. Guinness relies on a much higher nitrogen ratio than any other type of beer. For the perfect pint, the gas mixture is 75 percent nitrogen and 25 percent carbon dioxide released at a pressure of between 30 and 40 pounds per square inch. Additionally, because the beer is so thick it takes longer for the nitrogen bubbles to release which is essential to pouring it correctly.

The 5 Basics Steps to Pouring Guinness

1. Use the Right Glass

The first step to pouring the perfect Guinness is knowing what type of glassware to use. For the best results, it important to use a dry, clean tulip glass. Tulip glasses are designed to allow the nitrogen bubbles in Guinness to flow down. Guinness also has their own official pint glass, pictured to the right, which they redesigned in 2010 and recommend using. The use of either of these glasses play an important role in giving Guinness its famous first bite.

2. 45 Degrees

The next step is to hold the glass at a 45 degree angle when pouring the beer. It is also important that you never let the faucet actually touch the glass. If you do, not only will the faucet become contaminated, but the glass will as well. When beginning your pour, it is critical that you never pour straight down to the bottom of the glass. While Guinness will not develop thick head like other beers if you pour straight down into the glass, it will still be heavier than it should.

3. Only ¾ Full

With most beer you simply keep pouring until the glass is mostly full, leaving enough room for the proper amount of foam head. With Guinness, however, you should only fill it up three quarters of the way. Once you reach this point stop pouring and set the beer down and let it rest.

4. Letting Guinness Rest

Once your glass is three quarters full, place it on the counter and let it rest. Because Guinness has such a unique pouring process, all of the nitrogen bubbles will float down the side of the glass and then return to the top by flowing up through the middle of the beer. The route the nitrogen bubbles take is primarily responsible for creating the creamy head that makes Guinness so appealing. The amount of time you should let a Guinness it varies based upon who you ask. Typically, a good wait time is around two minutes.

5. Finish the Pour

Once you’ve allowed the Guinness to rest for a couple of minutes, you can top off the glass with more beer. It is important to wait the full two minutes to allow the head time to finish building. Otherwise you will end up over pouring when you top off the glass.

What’s the Deal with the Special Guinness Faucet?

If you’ve ever poured a Guinness before, then one of the first things you may have noticed is the special faucet that is used to dispense the beer. It is important that you never use a standard beer faucet to pour Guinness. This is because Guinness relies on the specially formulated nitrogen carbon dioxide ratio, and the faucet plays a very important role in pouring the perfect Guinness. In fact, this unique type of beer faucet contains a five disc restrictor plate which compresses the liquid as it passes through it, creating tiny little nitrogen bubbles which help created the creamy foam head Guinness is famous for.

What About Special Mixed Guinness Beers?

Over the past decade it has become popular to mix and Guinness with other types of beer although the traditional combining Guinness with other beers dates back to the 18th century. One of the earliest examples is the Black and Tan. This drink originated in Britain and is a mix of Stout and draft bitter beer. In the United States, the Black and Tan is typically Guinness mixed with Bass.

Another popular mixed Guinness drink is called ‘Dark Side of the Moon’. A play on words when mixing Blue Moon and Guinness. This trend has grown very popular over the years, with special mixed drinks now including all styles of beer ranging from the lagers to hard ciders. Visit your favorite pub, and if they have Guinness on tap, it’s very likely that they have their own special mixed menu available.

When pouring this type of beer, the first step is pouring whatever the other beer is. Once you do this, you should let the beer sit for a few minutes so that the head begins to dissipate. Next, you will use a special layering spoon which is essentially a long spoon with the head curved at a 90 degree angle. You will then rest the spoon on the top of the first beer you poured. Afterwards, pour the Guinness directly onto the spoon. Once it hits the spoon, the surface tension will create a visible layer with Guinness sitting on top.

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Posted by on March 13, 2015 in Beer

 

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Guinness brewery debuting two new porters

Photo courtesy of DiageoA 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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Posted by on September 9, 2014 in Beer Styles

 

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Beer, it does a body good

beerEach year more and more studies are being done on the health benefits of beer. While red wine drinkers have been bragging for some time about the benefits of their choice of alcohol, it now seems that beer drinkers will finally get their turn in the spotlight. It is now proven that moderate alcohol consumption is good for heart health, no matter whether you drink beer or wine.

The good news is that moderately consuming alcohol is beneficial for your heart. Moderate drinkers lessen their risk of heart attacks and heart disease, compared to people who don’t drink at all or those who are heavy drinkers. For equal amounts of alcohol, beer has double the antioxidants of white wine, and the antioxidants may be able to be absorbed by the body quicker than those of red wine. Beer contains neither fat nor cholesterol.

Moderate consumption of alcohol is defined as two drinks a day for men and one drink each day for women. Moderate drinkers lowered their risk of heart disease by from between thirty and sixty percent even those who were considered high risk because of a previous heart attack, heart disease, or diabetes. In other studies, beer helped people build bone mass. This is thought to be because of beer’s silicon content.

Beer contains large amounts of antioxidants which prevent cell damage that leads to certain cancers and heart disease. The antioxidants come from the hops and malt used in beer brewing. Other antioxidants, known as polyphenols, which are also found in vegetables, fruits, black and green teas, and wine, are present in beer as well.

In another study that lasted for twelve years, both light and moderate use of beer lowered the risk of diabetes by thirty-six percent. Consuming beer at moderate levels is connected to a reduction in insulin resistance.

In addition, moderate beer consumption is connected to an improvement in memory and thinking abilities. It is hoped that this improvement can help protect people from ischemic stroke, which is responsible for eighty-percent of all stoke cases. It is also possible that the same levels of moderate drinking can help protect us from Alzheimer’s disease and other causes of dementia.

One study conducted at the University of Wisconsin found that these benefits associated with moderate beer consumption, were more present in dark beers than light beers. Guinness stout, for example, has very high levels of flavonoids. These flavonoids were also present in a number of fruits and vegetables but not as much in lighter beers. Guinness stout lowered bad cholesterol levels, and was twice as effective as Heineken, a lighter beer in lowering substances connected to clogged arteries.

While many people have believed for years that beer was as effective as wine in its many health benefits, now these theories are being proven by scientific fact. But while these benefits are tied to moderate consumption of alcohol, they are not tied to over consumption. That means that drinking twice as much is not twice as good for you.

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2013 in Beer, Beer News

 

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Red Robin serves up an Oktoberfest beer milkshake

When thoughts turn to a cold frosty one, most think of a beer, but to Donna Ruch, master mixologist at the Red Robin Gourmet Burgers restaurant chain it could mean a beer spiked milkshake. The new concoction was launched this week to commemorate Oktoberfest along with several other items themed for the yearly German festival that celebrates everything beer.

In a story on the Fox News website, Ruch says, “Nothing says Oktoberfest better than a beer, so I incorporated the fun spirit of Red Robin into this innovative milkshake.” The milkshake is a mixture of Samuel Adams Octoberfest beer, vanilla ice cream, vanilla syrup, and caramel sauce.

Other Oktoberfest-themed dishes from the chain include pretzel bites with beer cheese and beer mustard and an Oktoberfest Burger served on a pretzel bun with beer mustard, Swiss cheese, onions, ham, and lettuce.

But, Red Robin’s shake is not the only foray beer has made into ice cream. In 2006 ice cream wizards Ben and Jerry’s introduced a flavor named Black & Tan and based on the beer drink of the same name. The flavor combined non-alcoholic cream stout, swirled with chocolate ice cream, and topped with a foamy stout ice cream head. The flavor was pulled after it was discovered Irish-Americans found the name offensive because it was shared by a group of British ex-servicemen renowned for their brutality during the Irish War of Independence.

Another Ben & Jerry’s flavor, Duff & D’oh!Nuts was produced only for the premier of The Simpsons Movie in 2007. The flavor combined chocolate and cream stout ice cream with chunks of glazed chocolate donuts. It was only available at the premiere on the movie in Springfield, Vt., and in Scoop Shops the night before the DVD release.

Another restaurant chain that serves beer spiked milkshakes is TGI Friday’s. The sweet beer shake uses vanilla ice cream, Guinness Stout, chocolate syrup, and chocolate shavings in its recipe. And movie theater chain Alamo Drafthouse offers a Pecan Porter milkshake that sends some movie patrons to heaven.

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2012 in Beer, Food, Octoberfest

 

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