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Guinness on Green Day!

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St. Patrick's Day just isn't the same without Guinness' roasted barley, extra hops, special yeast, maturation process and famous creamy head.

Before imbibing several tonight, check out these facts about Ireland's most popular pint:

1. There's an art to pouring the perfect pint of Guinness. Create the arc, pour with care, about 3/4 full. Allow it to settle. Then, top off bringing the head to the rim. Raise the glass, savor, and sip.

2. Guinness contains simple ingredients and hasn't wavered (barley, hops, water and yeast). Barley is the foundation of Guinness. The water comes from springs in the Wicklow Mountains (knows as St. James's Wells).

3. Every Guinness variant needs to be crowned with its distinctive head. Nitrogen is added in the packaging process for Guinness draught.

4. In 1725, Arthur, son of Richard and Elizabeth Guinness was born in Celbridge, Country Kildare, Ireland. In 1752, Arthur Guinness was left £100 in the will of Archbishop Price. Three years later he sets up business as a brewer in Leixlip, County Kildare, just 17km from Dublin. In 1858, just shy of a century after the brewery opened, the first exported shipment of Guinness arrived in New Zealand.

5. There's a 9,000-year lease on the original Guinness brewery. Yep, in 1759 Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000-year lease on a previously unused brewery in Dublin, at the time paying about $147 down plus $66 in monthly rent. Think they're doing alright on that investment.

6. The brewery stuck with wooden kegs until 1963. After almost two centuries of brewing in wooden kegs, Guinness brew masters pulled the plug on the old-fashioned method and have since aged their beer in metal kegs.

7. There are only 125 calories in a 12oz serving of Guinness beer. That's less than Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (175), Sam Adams Lager (160), Corona (148) and Budweiser (140).

8. In 2001, 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. In 2009, Guinness celebrated 250 years of glorious Guinness.

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