The Story of Guinness® Original
As deep as Guinness Original’s colour is its taste. Crisp barley cuts through hops. A bite draws you in, bold flavours linger. Bitter marries sweet. A rich, refreshing taste. Brewed with skill. Built to last.
“We’re blessed with over 250 years of brewing experience, and, as Guinness moves forward, history accompanies us in the bottle still enjoyed by people all over the world.”
A direct descendant of our archival recipes, Guinness Original is based on a beer first brewed in 1821, when Arthur Guinness II set down precise instructions for brewing his Superior Porter. This beer has since become the precursor to every Guinness innovation you’ve ever enjoyed. Still brewed at our St. James’s Gate brewery in Dublin, Guinness Original is crafted from finest quality malt, hops and Irish barley.
Sharp and crisp to the taste, it’s an entirely different experience from the smooth, creamy Guinness Draught and punchier Foreign Extra Stout, but the trademark Guinness flavours preside. We’ve come a long way since this beer was first dreamt up in the 1800s, but we’ve stuck to our values. We’re blessed with over 250 years of brewing experience, and, as Guinness moves forward, history accompanies us in the bottle still enjoyed by people all over the world.
Did You Know?
Guinness was one of the first brewers to print and supply labels to its bottlers to ensure publicans couldn’t mix various stouts together and try to pass them off as Guinness. Those who sold other stouts were not entitled to carry the standard Guinness label, and instead had to apply to the brewery for their own unique labels, which would then bear their name and address. This continued until 1862, when the famous buff Guinness trademark label was first introduced. The design has gone through many permutations over the years, but to this day all our labels are marked by three devices: Arthur’s signature, our legendary harp symbol and a name now known the world over: Guinness.