Guinness is a Christian beer!

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All along I knew there was something special, beyond the norm about that beautiful dark ale… and now thanks to Anthony Adams’ new post – all is revealed…

In 1759, a determined man named Arthur Guinness, thirty-four years of age, rode through the gate of an old, dilapidated, ill-equipped brewery situated at St. James’ Gate in Dublin. He had just signed the lease on the property for nine thousand years (no, that’s not a typo!) at ¬£45 per annum. Mark Rainsford’s Ale Brewery (as it was known then) was no different from any other, and it had been for sale for ten years, with no one having shown any interest in it. At that time, beer was almost unknown in rural Ireland, where whiskey, gin, and poteen were the alcoholic beverages most readily available. Cheap to buy, high in alcohol content, and readily available, these drinks were responsible for widespread alcoholism and indolence.

Arthur Guinness was a builder. He was an entrepreneur who could dream up business plans and marketing strategies, who could make a worthless brewery into a booming industry. He was also a devout Christian with a deep social conscience. He was concerned about the plight of young Irish drunks who wandered aimlessly around the whiskey and gin houses found on nearly every street corner. Once, while walking the streets of Dublin, he cried out to God to do something about the general drunkenness of Irish society , and he felt overwhelmingly burdened to be part of the answer to his own prayer. Like a true apprentice-child, he decided there and then to brew a drink that the Irish would enjoy and that would also be good for them.

Guinness decided to brew a beer relatively new to Ireland at that time. The beverage contained roasted barley that gave it a characteristically dark colour. This brew, well known in England, was called ‘porter’ because if its popularity with the porters and stevedores of Covent Garden and Billingsgate in London. But Guinness’s recipe produced more than your average dark beer. With it’s rich creamy head, it’s the beer we’ll drink in heaven. Full-bodied, smooth, creamy, slightly bitter, it’s a wonderfully delicious beverage. In fact, it’s more like a meal, since it is so full of minerals and natural trace elements. It has incredible qualities to it. Guinness was so heavy and full of iron that most drinkers couldn’t drink more than a couple of pints. This, coupled with the fact that that it has a considerably lower alcohol level than whiskey or gin, meant that fewer people were getting drunk.

So young Arthur Guinness made a beverage for the Irish that was good for them. Soon, his porter was overtaking the sales of Irish ales and English porters, and then it became even more popular than Irish whiskey. Today it is the national drink of Ireland. I don’t doubt that many preachers today would have difficulty seeing the building of a successful brewing business as the work of God. But by following his impulse as an entrepreneur with a social conscience, Guinness showed himself to be a faithful apprentice-child, a creator and builder.

(Quoted from Micheal Frost’s book: Exiles: Living Missionally in a post-Christian culture, p190-191)


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~ by John on September 1, 2009.

3 Responses to “Guinness is a Christian beer!”

  1. I can believe this. When I was very ill for some years, I was told by a friend that his Irish doctor had made out a script for his wife, who had a similar ailment to me, a pint of Guinness a day.

    I tried it back in the early nineties and besides being full of goodness, it also relaxed me nicely. Besides that, I stumbled upon (no pun intended) the fact that red wine – according to your weight – is really good in fighting viruses.

    So there it is – a pint of Guinness every few days, and two glasses of red wine once a week or when you need it, and see me in the morning.

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