Guinness's trick and treat
on 06/10/10 at 1:22 pmBeer
St. Patrick’s Day is 170 days away as I write this, and store windows are festooned with jack o’lanterns and black cats, not shamrocks and leprechauns. Yet a rare new release from the St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin, Ireland, has elbowed its way in among the Oktoberfest and pumpkin beers: Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (FES).
To be precise, the beer is returning to the United States, where it hasn’t been sold since before Prohibition. Its ancestry can be traced to 1801, to an export brew called West Indies Porter that was founder Arthur Guinness’s initial attempt to secure a worldwide market.