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Guinness goes upscale with a $35 limited edition brew called 1759  

Guinness 1759By Alan J. Wax

Guinness is going upscale.

The Irish brewer, best known for its iconic stout, is introducing a limited edition, ultra-premium amber ale called Guinness The 1759.

The brew’s grain bill includes traditional barley malt as well as peated malt usually used for making Scotch and Irish whiskies.

“The fine peated whisky malt used in the Guinness The 1759 brewing process brings a complex taste to the amber ale that gently complements the hop flavors, resulting in a liquid that is distinguished and innately Guinness.” said Michael Donnelly, master brewer at Guinness’ St. James’s Gate brewery in Dublin.

Donnelly described the new brew as having a rich butterscotch aroma with subtle hop notes and mellow caramel flavors combining with a subtle hop character along with fruity sweetness from a strong ester profile. Guinness recommends drinking the 9 percent ABV beer from a 6 oz. Champagne flute.

The new beer is to be the first in series of limited “Signature Series” brews to be produced at Guinness’ Brewhouse No. 4 at St. James’s Gate.  Only 90,000, corked and capped 750ml bottles were produced. The beer, packaged in a black velvet-lined gift box, will retail for about $35.

The beer’s name is derived from the year founder Arthur Guinness signed the 9,000-year lease at St. James’s Gate in Dublin,

Distribution at selected bars and retailers is expected to commence by the end of October. It will also be sold online at reservebar.com

Guinness officials credit the growing U.S. craft beer market as a force behind the new brew. Most of the production will be shipped to the U.S.

“The United States is driving a beer renaissance that hasn’t been seen globally for decades,” Doug Campbell, Guinness brand director, said in a statement. “Today, the expectations of beer connoisseurs and enthusiasts are significantly higher.” 

Earlier this year, the company debuted Guinness Blonde American Lager ($8.99 a six-pack), the first offering in the new Guinness Discovery Series.

We’re anxious to sample this brew, but wondering if it’s worth the price. Would you buy this brew?


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Belhaven Black Stout will make you forget Guinness on St. Paddy’s Day

Bellhaven’s first new brew in 45 years is replacing Guinness on taps lines throughout the New York region. Here’s why.

The new Belhaven Black Stout, which made its Long Island debut March 6 at The Good Life pub in Massapequa, demands attention.

After first sampling this brew in a shot glass at a Long Island Beer and Malt Enthusiasts gathering, where Billy Morrissey, the sales rep for importer Belukus Marketing, introduced the beer, I promptly ordered a pint at the bar.


There’s good reason. It’s a light, malt forward sessionable brew with just 4.2 percent abv and 52 IBUs (for the unitiated, IBU is a bitterness gauge).  So easy going down. Tasty too.

Roasty notes predominate on the nose and again on the palate, but there’s also a delightful undertone of milk chocolate with a dry, coffee-like finish. Think of it as a kind of a beer latte.

It also made a fine accompaniment to some chocolate layer cake, too.

Belhaven, of Dunbar Scotland, launched the beer a year ago in the UK. It’s the first new beer launched by Belhaven in 45 years, Morrissey said. Belhaven, founded in 1719 on the site of an ancient abbey brewery, is believed to be Scotland’s oldest brewery. Belhaven is part of the UK brewer and pub owner Greene King.

Belhaven attributes the taste of the new brew to the 100 percent Scottish water used in its brewing along with a unique blend of Scottish triple malts sourced from locally grown barley.

It seems almost sacrilegious to tout a stout that’s not Guinness before St. Patrick’s Day, but what the heck. Belhaven’s Black Stout is a winner.

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