The Only Guinness Brewery In The US Will Open This Summer But It Won’t Brew The World-Renowned Stout

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That creamy, rich, smooth Guinness stout is one of the most satisfying treats in the world especially if you are fortunate enough to get this godly elixir from the St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin, Ireland. Good news — Guinness is opening their only U.S. brewery this summer. Bad news — they won’t be brewing their legendary stout.

The first Guinness in America in decades is opening in Baltimore, Maryland this year. On August 3rd, the Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House will officially open. This will be the first Guinness brewery in the U.S. since one opened in New York from 1949 to 1954.

The new beer mecca will be their second “experimental brewery” in the world (the first was the Open Gate Brewery in Dublin, Ireland) where they will introduce bold new brews. The 66-acre location in Baltimore has history with booze since it was previously the Maryland Whiskey Distillery.

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The new brewery will feature a visitor center, a 270-seat restaurant, and a tap room. Guinness expects 250,000 visitors to frequent the brewery in the first year, despite this location not brewing the legendary draught that will only be brewed in Dublin. Instead, the new brewery will be focusing on producing lager and a diversity of beers that punctuates American beer “creativity.”

“These craft beers will run the gamut in terms of style, flavor profile, gravity. There really is no limit; we want to give people as much of a variation as we can,” said Ryan Wagner, Guinness Brewery Ambassador. “That’s the whole purpose of this brewery: we get to test market on people that come into the brewery and see what they tell us about our beers and what they like and don’t like. Once we find out, we get to send the beer far and wide, if we choose to do that.”

“The USA is probably the most dynamic and exciting beer market in the world right now, and, put simply, we’d like to be closer to the action,” said alcohol giant Diageo, which owns Guinness. “Having a brewery in the USA will help us understand and respond to trends more quickly, as well as brew smaller batches and get them to market faster.”

While you’re here, check out 11 fascinating facts about the history of Guinness beer you probably didn’t know and how to pour the perfect pint.

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