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It all stars with just one man, but it's not down to a single 'eureka' moment. The history of GUINNESS beer, draught, or stout is a stirring tale of inspiration, dedication, ingenuity and effort. It's over two centuries of sublime brewing craft, a remarkable knack for spreading the word and more than a few leaps of faith. It's the story of how a unique Irish stout became, with a little magic, one of the World's best - loved beers.

Birth of a legend.
Arthur, son of Richard and Elizabeth Guinness is born in Celbridge, County Kildare, Ireland.

Divine Influence.
Rev Arthur Price, Archbishop of Cashel becomes Godfather to Arthur Guinness.

Elizabeth Guinness dies.
Arthur’s mother, Elizabeth Guinness, passes away aged age 44.

Blessed inheritance.
Arthur Guinness is left £100 (about $147 US dollars) in the will of Archbishop Price. Three years later he sets up business as a brewer in Leixlip, County Kildare, just 17km (about 11 miles) from Dublin.

Rise of the waterways.
Construction begins on the Grand Canal at James’s Street, Dublin, allowing access by water to Shannon Harbor and Limerick. This waterway will later become vital to the brewery in the transport of casks and raw materials, remaining important well into the 20th century (as shown here).

It begins with a signature.
Arthur Guinness signs a 9,000-year lease on an unused brewery at St. James’s Gate, Dublin. It costs him an initial £100 (about $147 US dollars) with an annual rent of £45 (about $66 US dollars) - this includes crucial water rights. The brewery covers four acres and consists of a copper, a kieve, a mill, two malthouses, stabling for 12 horses and a loft to hold 200 tons of hay. Arthur begins brewing porter and ale. ...

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