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Where is Guinness Brewed?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by emillner, Mar 13, 2013.

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  1. emillner

    emillner Initiate (136) Jun 11, 2004 Virginia

    I thought that some or all of the varieties (Draught, Extra Stout) of Guinness we drink in the US is brewed in Canada. The Guinness Web site says "All the GUINNESS® sold in the UK, Ireland and North America is brewed in Ireland at the historic St. James's Gate Brewery in Dublin" and an ad on the side of a delivery truck touted Dublin as the home of the beer it carried.

    What is the truth?
  2. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,288) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    Guinness Extra Stout in the US is brewed in Canada, either by Labatt or Moosehead - it will say either, respectively, Toronto or New Brunswick (below).

    In Canada, their Extra Stout is brewed by Labatt.

    Guinness Draught (keg, can, bottle) and Guinness Foreign Extra Stout in the US both come from Ireland.

    For their other beers sold in the US, Smithwick's and the Black Lager are Irish-brewed, while Harp is brewed under contract in Canada sometimes (by Moosehead), Irish-brewed at others. Red Stripe has come from Canada in the recent past (cans, IIRC) and the bottles are now coming out Latrobe, PA (ex-Rolling Rock, now owned by City).

    I've mentioned that comment in Guinness FAQ in emails and to their #800 operators, and they say it's an "error" and they meant to write "All the GUINNESS® DRAUGHT..." but they still haven't changed it :grinning: Go figure, right?
  3. emillner

    emillner Initiate (136) Jun 11, 2004 Virginia

    Thanks to JessKidden for confirming my understanding.
  4. Gassygunslinger

    Gassygunslinger Initiate (23) Dec 20, 2012 Maine

    St. Patty's day must be coming up. Third thread like this this week! (that I've seen... Probably more)
  5. AlTrey

    AlTrey Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2016

    Oh really, I thought all Guinness came from Ireland. I guess it's cheaper to make it in Canada and ship to the US than import all the way from Ireland.
  6. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,288) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    You're quoting from a 3 year old post - Diageo, Guinness' parent company, is now exporting the Irish-brewed Guinness Extra Stout to the US - see the (mistitled) thread Guinness Extra Stout is made in Ireland Again!

    Also, since this thread was started, Heineken has taken over control of Desnoes and Geddes, brewer of Red Stripe, and they have announced they will again start exporting the Jamaican-brewed Red Stripe to the US.

    Imported beer labels in the US are quite clear on the country of origin, if not always the actual brewery or brewing company.
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