A fermentation plant at the St. James's Gate Brewery, Dublin is transformed into the GUINNESS® Storehouse™ - a new visitors centre that captures the heart and soul of the World's favourite stout.
Brewing starts in Nepal, under contract, by Mt Everest Brewery.
Labatt's Canada start to brew GUINNESS® Extra Stout for the US. Exports from Great Britain and Ireland cease.
Overseas sales overtake GB and Ireland sales for the first time, accounting for 50.6% of total brand volume. The Jereboam of champagne donated by A.W. Fawcett in 1958 is finally uncorked.
Almost 2 billion pints of GUINNESS® a year were sold around the world and over 1 million pints of GUINNESS® a day were sold in Great Britain alone.
The 'BELIEVE' advertising campaign is launched in the UK.
Global brand volume exceeds 10 million hectolitres for the first time (one hectolitre is equivalent to approximately 176 pints). Over 5 million hectolitres are sold overseas.
GUINNESS® unveils its first feature-length action adventure movie 'Critical Assignment' in mainstream cinemas across Africa. The story involves hero and GUINNESS® drinker Michael Power trying to stop a corrupt African politician from buying weapons with money stolen from water projects.
The GUINNESS® STOREHOUSE™ in Dublin welcomes its 2 millionth visitor since opening in 2000.
The top flight of English rugby union becomes the GUINNESS® Premiership.
The makers of GUINNESS® become a Proud Sponsor of Irish Rugby in a four year deal (beginning in the 06/07 season).
GUINNESS® is sold in over 150 countries around the world.
The Irish TV ad 'Music Machine', part of the Alive Inside campaign, wins the Grand Prix and three Golds at the Kinsale Shark awards. The commercial goes on to win another gold and two silvers at the Institute of Creative & Design awards, then a silver at the international Clio awards.