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  •  Kudos to the diarist. (2+ / 0-)
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    surfbird007, FarWestGirl

    I was over there once, years ago, during the 1980s, and I expect that so much is different now, particularly since the "Tiger" days of the 1990s/early 2000s and the subsequent real estate bust following the global financial crisis.

    It was funny to see you start off your list of Irish surprises by noting that Irish beer is "shite" -- but in a way, it makes sense.  There's no reason that craft brewing should develop evenly in every spot in the world, and it could well be that, what with old Irish standbys like Smithwicks and Guinness having become major breweries, local brewing may have been squeezed out, or made to rest on its laurels. But it's interesting to see the way in which Belgium, for example, has occupied the center of the artisan beer trend -- while something like the Irish Guinness (while admittedly tasty) has perhaps come to seem a bit mainstream, a little devoid of hipster cultural capital.

    Okay -- I'm just procrastinating now. Great diary.

    Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought. -- Milan Kundera

    by Dale on Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 09:00:57 AM PDT

    •  Guinness wins 'Best Beer Story' hands down no (2+ / 0-)
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      FarWestGirl, Aunt Pat

      matter. When a brewer named Guinness ran a small Dublin brewery, a batch of hops got burned. The batch of beer, black and thick, was given away. The lucky free beer crowd came back for more and willing to pay for it.

      The Guinness family went from owners of a 'craft brewery' to Swells who now own the largest exporting brewery in the world.

      Gotta love it.

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