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On This Day… Guinness And Its Famous Lease!

Written by: George Chittenden : 26 Jun 2019

It was on this day, 31st December back in 1759, when an Irish brewer named Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000-year lease on a brewery at St. James's Gate, Dublin. It was the beginning of something big.

Nowadays, more than ten million glasses of Guinness are drunk around the world every day and annual sales of Guinness exceed more than 850 million litres or roughly 1.5 billion imperial pints worth!

Arthur didn’t do too bad for himself though. By the time of his death in 1803 the annual brewery output was over 20,000 barrels. Arthur Guinness's signature from the 1759 lease is still copied on every label of bottled Guinness to this day.

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