Since opening its gates, Guinness has been brewing up some of the best beers in the world for more than 250 years. For the first time in the U.S., the talented group of Guinness brewers is giving beer lovers a chance to taste a bit of the brewery’s history with Guinness Dublin Porter and Guinness West Indies Porter – two beers based on recipes found in Guinness brewing books from more than 200 years ago.
The Guinness™ Dublin Porter and West Indies Porter were developed by The Brewers Project, a small group of talented Guinness brewers in Dublin charged with exploring and creating new recipes, reinterpreting old ones, and bringing exciting new beers to life.
“Each beer in this collection is telling part of the Guinness story, not just our beer but our people who made it, capturing the enterprising spirit and credible talent of our brewers then and now,” said Emma Giles, Brand Director, Guinness North America. “This is the first time the Dublin Porter and West Indies Porter will be available in the U.S. since their original incarnations more than 200 years ago. It’s a great example of what our brewers are capable of and shows how passionate they are about pushing boundaries and bringing quality brews to today’s beer lovers to enjoy responsibly.”
Previously only available in Ireland and the UK, Guinness is bringing these two porters stateside for the first time and offering American beer lovers a chance to experience how Guinness might have tasted more than two hundred years ago. Further capturing the essence of the historical recipes, each brew also features a stylized label modeled after the original bottle designs.
Guinness Dublin Porter (3.6%) was created in 1796 during a time when porters were all the rage in London, Guinness brewed up its own Irish version of the style at St. James’s Gate and shipped to England. While the porter originated in London, the Guinness brewer’s Irish take on the style proved quite popular with its earthy and lively flavor. Today, the Dublin Porter delivers a sweet, smooth beer with dark caramel and hoppy aroma notes with a burnt biscuit finish for a beer reminiscent of a different time.
Guinness West Indies Porter(6%) was created in 1801 as, while constantly pushing the envelope to showcase what its brewers could do, Guinness sought to create a porter that could maintain its quality taste and freshness aboard West Indies-bound ships across the ocean for more than a month. The brewers at Guinness rose to the challenge, developing a beer with higher hops and more gravity that didn’t just survive the journey, but offered a unique new beer. Today’s porter remains an immensely flavorful beer, with generous hops and notes of caramel-toffee.