The history of Guinness – I’ll admit, I didn’t really think there was much to the backstory of Guinness. I did a little digging and it turns out it’s really quite remarkable! With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, lots of people are going to be getting drunk off of Guinness so why not celebrate by paying tribute to one of the best beers in history!
Let’s start at the start! It’s 1759 and a young Arthur Guinness was able to lease St. James Gate Brewery for 9,000 years for only 45 pounds a year! It didn’t take him long to start selling LOTS of dark beer porter. His business was all the buzz and was doing really well – he didn’t just keep his success to himself though. Arthur Guinness made it his priority to help his employees and the Dublin community around him.
Here are a few things the Guinness company did to give back:
- Paid their employees 20% more $
- One of the first places to provide pensions for their staff AND their widows (unheard of!)
- Gave free meals to employees + their children 1x a week
- Provided FREE doctor visits and medication for the sick at their own medical dispensary
- Helped provide homes for the poor in both London and Dublin
- Three meals during their work day
- Free train tickets
- Gym membership
- Of course – FREE BEER!!
It’s pretty amazing how much a business can either help or harm their community. They didn’t take advantage of their employees, but did what they could to make life better for them and for their families!
I wonder what our world would be like if we all just did what we could to make our communities a better place? We don’t all have the ability to buy homes and provide free meals for others but what can we do?
So, BEFORE you get drunk and celebrate Ireland, remember, one pint of Guinness is not only good for you – but its good for other people too!
I’d love to hear from you and what YOU do or what has been done FOR you to make this life a little better?
Add the Guinness Storehouse to your places to visit when you’re in Dublin! They teach you about their history, philanthropy, and of course their one of a kind beer. They also have a restaurant which they have Guinness inspired food pairings made with local, fresh, ingredients – plus a gorgeous view of Dublin. Check out their website here for more information!