250th Anniversary of Guinness Ale Leasehold Interest
Posted on Sep 24, 2009
Today we celebrate Sir Arthur Guinness and his shrewdness. For today is the 250th anniversary of the lease he signed in the year 1759. For a mere 100 pounds down and the promise to pay 45 pounds in annual rent he obtained the leasehold interest in St. James’s Gate in Dublin for a period of 9,000 years. This is the place where Arthur Guinness first brewed that amazing dark ale known as Guinness. From Archbishop Price Sir Arthur inherited 100 pound and turned it into a business that lasted for over 250 years.
Barbara, my wife is Irish. So for our honeymoon we ventured to Dublin to walk the streets where James Joyce lived and wrote. St. James Gate no longer is the place where Guinness is brewed but it remains intact along with a pub atop the Guinness Storehouse. From the pub you can sip a Guinness while looking out over the City of Dublin.
If you’d like to take a podcast tour of the Dublin City Center and the Guinness Storehouse follow the links. The audio file plays on iTunes and is in Italian, German, French and Spanish.