Arthur Guinness started brewing ales from 1759 at the St James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin. Ten years later on 19 May 1769 Guinness exported his ale for the first time, when six and a half barrels were shipped to England. There is however some evidence to show that the Guinness product had found its way to the mainland some time earlier – possibly as extra ballast or maybe as surplus beer intended for the voyage. There are for instance records of a pre-1769 advertisement placed in the Gentleman’s Magazine. Richard’s brother in law William Snooke kept a diary – and this records a purchase of Guinness.
I LOVE Guinness & I love that my late Georgian Hero could have loved them too!
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