As many of you may already know, Saint Patrick’s Day Street Festival will be celebrated this month at multiple locations across town, next one being a mini-fest before the main festival next saturday 14 March from 6-10pm at Far East Square and China Square. But of course, the one we are all looking forward to will be the main Saint Patrick’s Day Street Festival 2019 at Circular Road that is happening from 15 March 5pm – 10pm and 16 & 17 March 12pm – 10pm with loud music and street games happening! And there is only one drink that we all celebrate with and enjoy at St Patricks Festival and that is none other than Guinness!
Guinness is an Irish dry stout that originated in the brewery of Arthur Guinness at St. James’s Gate brewery in the capital city of Dublin, Ireland. Guinness, produced by the British Diageo beverages company, is one of the most successful beer brands worldwide. It is brewed in almost 50 countries and is available in over 120.
Guinness features a burnt flavour that is derived from malted barley and roasted unmalted barley. For many years, a portion of aged brew was blended with freshly brewed beer to give a sharp lactic acid flavour. Although Guinness’s palate still features a characteristic “tang”, the company has refused to confirm whether this type of blending still occurs. The draught beer’s thick, creamy head comes from mixing the beer with nitrogen and carbon dioxide when poured. It is popular with the Irish, both in Ireland and abroad. Over 10 million glasses of Guinness stout are enjoyed every single day across the globe.
The brewing history of Guinness began over 250 years ago with ales, then porters and then, famously, stout. With that first batch of Irish stout, there began a legacy of innovative brewing that’s since been upheld all over the world.
Guinness are one of the only brewers in the world to roast their own barley. The world class roasters have perfected the art of roasting in the dedicated roast-house at St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin.
The precision of the roasting process is what gives the famous stout its distinctive rich taste and dark, ruby-red hue. Raise a pint to the light and see how it glows.
232 degrees is the temperature that transforms the barley into a black state of perfection. Any cooler won’t bring out the roast flavour, any hotter and the barley will catch fire. This is what makes Guinness taste like Guinness.
Every single batch of Guinness is tested by a Sensory Panel who meet together at 10am, when your taste buds are at their most heightened to ensure nothing leaves the brewery unless it tastes precisely as our expert brewers intended.
What exactly does it taste like?
Guinness Draught Tasting Notes:
Aroma: Sweet smelling with a coffee and malty nose
Flavour: Perfect balance of bitter and sweet with malt and roast characters
Palate: Smooth, creamy and balanced
ABV: 4.2% ABV
Appearance: Distinctively dark, with a rich creamy head
Beautiful pints of Guinness are poured by skilled bartenders around Ireland and indeed other parts of the world, every day of the week.
Guinness surprised an entire industry by being the first brewer to hire scientists to head up a ground-breaking research lab. Its skilful pairing of nitrogen gas and CO2, gives Guinness its legendary creamy head and smooth, balanced taste. Guinness Draught was launched as recently as 1959, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Guinness, when a mathematician turned brewer in St. James’s Gate named Michael Ash proposed a whole new way to brew. He wanted to brew beer with nitrogen instead of CO2 and after much trial and error, Ash succeeded, and the first nitro beer was born, Guinness Draught.
Guinness transcended technology by creating the world-famous Guinness widget, which is the white ball found floating in every can used to deliver the perfect Guinness serve.
Jaslynn, the assistant head bartender of Hopscotch shares her favourite recipe involving Guinness that has a few regulars hooked.
45ml Gosling Dark Rum
10ml Jumping Goat Coffee Liqueur
6 Dashes Choc Bitters
The bittersweet and roasted taste of Guinness is paired nicely with the sweet notes of the dark rum and coffee liqueur, it is then rounded off with chocolate bitters, making it easy to drink but at the same time, deceptively potent.
At Mixes From Mars, we do love the taste of Guinness and we’ll be there at the St Patrick’s Day Street Festival! If you would like to enjoy a Guinness at your event, be it having a whole keg of Guinness on tap or a few crates of canned ones, we will be most excited to work with you as having a whole Guinness tap at your event will definitely amaze your guests and will be one that they will remember! Do drop us an enquiry today!