March 11, 2019 — If beer is your go to beverage for celebrating, then make it a Guinness on March 17. Black, creamy Guinness has been helping the Irish toast their patron saint since 1759 when Arthur Guinness founded the brewery. According to the London Telegraph, as many as 13 million pints of Guinness are poured on St Patrick’s Day alone, increasing from the average 10 million glasses poured every day around the world.
The helpful team at Guinness in this country has come up with additional ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year when everyone is Irish no matter where you’re from. Here are four of their creative ideas:
Helpful tips for the big day are available online @GuinnessUS on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. From getting the perfect Guinness ‘Stache, to toasting like a native Gaelic speaker, to how to dress for the occasion, to pairing each beer in the Guinness family with the perfect Irish cuisine, a suite of digital videos and content starring a brewery ambassador from St. James’s Gate (Dublin) is available right now and worth checking out.
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The Guinness T-shirts are a whole lot truer to the heritage than that “Kiss Me I’m Irish” shirt. Imprinted with iconic fixtures from the Guinness brewery at St. James’s Gate like the harp plaque on Vathouse No. 2 or the cobblestones from Rainsford Street, the shirts are available in a very limited quantity on the Guinness Webstore.
That great ‘Stache can do some good. For the third consecutive year, beer lovers can take part in the Guinness #StacheForCharity initiative from now through March 31, 2019 by sharing photos of their ‘Staches – self-grown and groomed, drawn-on, or Guinness-enhanced – on social media (tagging @GuinnessUS and, of course, using #StacheForCharity). For each ‘Stache shared, 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, like Team Rubicon – an organization of veterans and first responders, who are some of the first boots on the ground when natural disasters strike.
For those lucky enough to live in the Maryland area – or those enthusiastic enough to make the trip – the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore will be celebrating its first official St. Patrick’s Day in 2019 (after its grand opening in August of last year). Open Gate Brewery will host ticketed celebrations in support of local charities with classic Guinness favorites and a special locally-brewed St. Patrick’s Day stout on tap.
Erin go bragh!
Remember to drink like a brewer and respect the beer. Don’t drink and drive, please.