More than meets the eye
Among these was the Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (FES), which adopted a bulldog on the bottle neck label, hence the nickname.
Why a bulldog? Well, back then in Asia, different animal symbols were used to identify the brews and its country of origin. In Singapore, the neck label on a Guinness FES featured a German Shepherd; while in Indonesia, it was a cat. It would have been very different if Malaysia had adopted the cat instead of the bulldog … we could have been calling it “hak
mao” (black cat) instead!
4. There are only five Guinness breweries in the
A whopping 10 million pints of Guinness are enjoyed every day in more than 150 countries worldwide, so it’s hard to believe that all that Guinness is brewed in only five breweries worldwide.
Besides the home of Guinness, the iconic St. James Gate in Dublin, Ireland, there are only four other Guinness breweries around the world. Three of these are in Africa, more specifically in Nigeria, Ghana, and Cameroon, while the last one is right here in our own backyard. Yup, the GAB brewery in Sungei Way, Kuala Lumpur, is the only Guinness brewery in Asia. And that’s not all – for five years running, the Guinness brewed in Malaysia has been recognised as the best Guinness brewed outside of Ireland, winning the Guinness League of Excellence Award five years in a row. Now that’s good (black) stuff!
5. The Guinness Book of Records IS related to Guinness after all
First published in 1955, The Guinness Book of Records is the best selling copyright book of all time, and it was the brainchild of Sir Hugh Beaver, managing director of Guinness in the 1950s. On Nov 10, 1951, Sir Hugh was out with a shooting party in County Wexford when some golden plover flew overhead. Sir Hugh aimed and missed. Later that evening, a discussion followed as to which game bird flies the fastest, which gave Sir Hugh the idea of compiling a “fact” book which would serve as a definitive reference book to settle the nightly debates that went on in the pubs of Britain and Ireland.
Sir Hugh took his idea to Norris and Ross McWhirter, who ran a fact-finding agency in London. This led to the publication of the first Guinness Book of Records in August 1955, by a sister company of Guinness, initially named Guinness Superlatives, later Guinness Publishing.
The Guinness World Records was sold by Guinness in 2001 to Gullane Entertainment. By then, the publication was already on sale in over 77 different countries and was being translated into 38 different languages.
Guinness genius: The Gab brewery in Sungei Way, Kuala Lumpur is the only Guinness brewery in asia. (inset) TheGuinnessbookOfrecords is the best selling copyright book of all time, and it was the brainchild of Sir Hugh beaver, the managing director of Guinness in the 1950s.
according to Guinness’ master brewer Fergal murray, only certain types of glassware (like the company’s own narrow-bottomed vessels) can truly showcase the beer’s ruby red hue.
a jar of Guinness essence, or Guinness Flavour extract, the secret ingredient that can be found in every single glass of Guinness enjoyed daily around the world.