Instead of cookies and milk, some Irish families leave a pint of Guinness for Santa on Christmas Eve.
Arthur Guinness, founder of Guinness, signed a 9,000 year lease at the St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin for £45 per year back in 1759.
In 2016, Guinness confirmed that it had changed up its filtration process eliminating the use of isinglass (derived from the dried swim bladders of fish) making it officially vegan.
Guinness brewery supported all of it’s employees who chose to fight in WW1. They were paid half of their wages while away, and their jobs were guaranteed upon their return. The brewery also sent them care packages containing chocolate and condensed milk.
Arthur Guinness was an exceptional individual who used the money he made from brewing to help relief of the poor, abolish dueling, promote literacy, and provide this workers with a higher standard of living.
It was a tradition in Ireland that if you donated a pint of blood, they’d give you a pint of Guinness to replace the iron.