Edward J. Bourke is a scientist working at Diageo St. James’s Gate Global Beer Technical Center. He has an abiding interest in industrial history, especially relating to Ireland, and has published several books on shipwrecks around the Irish coast. His links to the Guinness brewery began at an early age as both his parents and grandparents owned pubs in Dublin.
The Guinness Story: The Family, The Business, The Black Stuff (Fall River Press Edition)by Edward J. Bourke
With its distinctively smooth, creamy head, Guinness beer is Ireland’s most famous export. But more than simply a “pint of plain” to be savored, Guinness has a fascinating 250-year-history that centers on a vast Victorian brewery in Dublin; a massive workforce who occupied this industrial complex; an expansive rail, canal, and river transport system; and a family who generated immense wealth from the business.
Filled with more than 100 rare photographs from the company archives, this remarkable book brings to life everything from the early days of the brewery to the Guinness entrepreneurs to how the beer has been made and conveyed.
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the St. James’s Gate brewery site that is like a city within itself . . . the luncheons and beer allowance afforded to the staff . . . the fleet of brewery-owned ships, barges, horse-drawn carts, and trucks . . . and the family’s grand estates . . . You’ll also travel back in history to pivotal moments in Guinness history, be it the loss of the first company steamship or the trying times for the brewery during the two World Wars. And if you’re interested in memorabilia, you’ll find that in these pages too: an entire chapter is devoted to labels and advertisements.
So tip back a pint of the black stuff, as it has come to be known, and celebrate the incredible story of Guinness.
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