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12 things you didn't know about Guinness - Thrillist Nation

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1. Their famous dry stout is (officially) a very dark ruby color, rather than black

This is due to the roasting of malted barley, a process which the brewery compares to making coffee. The other ingredients in the beer are water, hops, brewer's yeast, and malt extract. That's it.

2. Guinness Brewery was founded in 1759 by Arthur Guinness, a guy who had 21 children

Yeah. This dude was prolific both in beer and in progeny, and was affectionately nicknamed "Uncle Arthur" by the people of Dublin -- a moniker that got extended to his beer. That's right: you can ask for a pint of Uncle Arthur, and people to this day will serve you a Guinness. It remains the most popular alcoholic drink in all of Ireland even today, and that's saying something.

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21 children?! No wonder he had to invent beer. He needed an escape!

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