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The Most Important Anniversary Ever

By Wyatt Earp | September 24, 2009


Today is the 250th anniversary of Guinness – the greatest beer known to man.

Like many ignorant utes, I spent my college days downing alcoholic atrocities like Coors Light. Not long after graduation, I ordered my first Guinness, took a sip, and said, “God, that’s awful!”

Yeah, I was a moron.

Nearly 20 years later, Guinness is the about the only beer I will drink. There are always ice cold bottles in my garage refrigerator, and our hockey sponsor, Tony’s Place, has the elixir of the gods on draft. To this day, the missus won’t drink it, which is great because that means there’s more for me. It is a truly remarkable beverage whose flavor has survived the test of time.

Naturally, there are coordinated celebrations commemorating the special day. This from the Guinness site:

It’s not just Dublin that has big plans for Arthur’s Day. From 17:59 GMT on September 24th 2009, remarkable celebrations will be happening all around the globe, with glasses being raised to Arthur Guinness in over 150 countries. From spectacular events in major cities like New York and Kuala Lumpur, to intimate affairs at your local bar or pub…wherever you are you can join the party and toast the great man.

It’s going to be an unforgettable day. So join the worldwide celebration.

I won’t be able to toast Arthur Guinness at 17:59 (GMT) because I will still be at my annual pistol recertification at 1:59pm (EDT). However, I suspect we will go to the bar after our hockey game tonight, and more than one pint will be lifted there.

*Raises glass* “To Arthur!”

Topics: Al-key-hol, Coolness! | 12 Comments »

12 Responses to “The Most Important Anniversary Ever”

  1. Jon Brooks Says:
    September 24th, 2009 at 11:41 am

    “To Arthur..Here Here!” clink..guzzle..thud!

    I was like that with Scotch. First time I tried it..bleeccchhhh! Never one to give up on alcohol, I tried it again, now after 40 years I still give that shudder the first sip then after that, pure ambrosia.

  2. Jon Brooks Says:
    September 24th, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Forgot.. on my Stouts and Ales I am sorry to say I am a Harp or Bass person. I guess you could classify that as Guiness Lite:)

  3. Dennis Petty Says:
    September 24th, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Coor’s Light was great beer. We drank such wonderful delights as Old Milwalkee (Donkey Piss) and Buckhorn (watered down donky piss). Never did acquire a taste for Guiness, drank Budweiser in the later years and alas, nothing now. MUD

  4. MeToo Says:
    September 24th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Happy Anniversary, indeed! It’s good to have something to celebrate!

  5. Mrs. Crankipants Says:
    September 24th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Had I known, I could have baked you the world famous CHOCOLATE GUINNESS CAKE !!!
    Happy Anniversary Mr. Guinness.

  6. Ingineer66 Says:
    September 24th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Pretty cool. I have seen more pictures of friends and family in front of the Guinness brewery this year than ever before. I guess I am going to have to go over there one of these days. But the best beer on the planet is Sierra Nevada Porter.

  7. Wagonsux Says:
    September 24th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Happy anniversary Guinness.

  8. Sully Says:
    September 24th, 2009 at 4:59 pm


  9. dragonlady474 Says:
    September 24th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    I think my love for Guinness comes from being a coffee drinker. The way you accumulate a taste for them is similar…once you get used to the taste it’s hard to drink anything else.

  10. Crazy Politico Says:
    September 24th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Try as I may, try as I might, I just can’t stand a Guiness on any night.

    Porters are about as “stout” as I can stand.

    But, happy anniversary, to be around 250 years someone must like the stuff.

    BTW, if they file for bankruptcy next year, we’ll know what Ted Kennedy used to drink :)

  11. Web Says:
    September 25th, 2009 at 8:20 am

    Wyatt – Have you had the 250 stout? Guiness released a anniversary beer, its quite a bit lighter (more of a porter really) but very good. My local pub has had it for about a month, and the Giness rep. said it should be available (at least in MD) through the middle of October.

  12. Bitter American Says:
    September 26th, 2009 at 12:39 am

    Sorry, just sobering up from last night and getting around to this: