Saint Patrick’s is nigh upon us. Maybe I will go visit The Shamrock in Paine City? I just read this article about how Guinness has been losing market share in Ireland of all places.
Around this time of year, beer drinkers around the world raise their glasses to Ireland. Presumably, most of those glasses are filled with Guinness, the dark stout that’s as synonymous with the country as James Joyce, Gaelic football, and Saint Patrick himself.
Except, perhaps, in the pubs of Ireland, where you regularly find taps discharging Coors Light, twentysomethings clutching vodka mixers, and publicans serving a steady stream of Magners Irish Cider over ice. The days when Guinness could claim one of every two Irish pints are gone—since the 1990s, it’s more like one in three.
And here’s an article about how Irish whiskey is growing in popularity in America.