On March 17th, people from around New Zealand will unite in celebration to recognise Saint Patrick’s Day and honour Irish heritage. Here are some groovy Guinness factoids!
· More than 60 million people worldwide claim Irish ancestry, including the 4.1 million citizens of Ireland.
· Much like St. Patrick’s Day, Guinness is steeped in Irish history and tradition and has become a symbolic representation of Irish culture. In 1759 Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000-year lease on the world famous Dublin brewery at St. James’s Gate.
· Guinness has now been around for over 250 years!
· Guinness is brewed in almost 50 countries and enjoyed daily in over 150 nations across the globe.
· St Patrick’s Day celebrations take shape differently everywhere consisting of festive parades in the United States, Munich and Tokyo or the flocking of “honorary Irishmen” of Spain and Italy to their local Irish pub. In New Zealand, there will lots of promotions nationwide with loads of Guinness giveaways.
· More than 10 million pints of Guinness are raised around the world in celebrations large and small around the globe on St. Patrick’s Day.
· Guinness has a nine part brewing process, which is what gives it such a distinct flavour.
· 400 pubs and bars serve Guinness New Zealand-wide.