We threw a shindig on Paddy’s Day to help raise money for Children with Cancer and, with a little help from our wonderful customers, achieved an impressive total of over £2000! We’d like to say a special thanks to Howard Leech for organising the event. Howard will also be running a marathon to raise even more money. Good Luck Howard!
In 1752, Arthur Guinness inherited £100 (£19,615 today) from his godfather and decided to set up his own ale brewery in Leixlip, County Kildare, Ireland. After some success, Arthur decided to move to Dublin, Ireland’s capital, and signed a 9,000-year lease for the unused St. James’s Gate Brewery in 1759. Ten years later, Guinness exported his first ales as he shipped a modest six and a half barrels to Great Britain.
However, it wasn’t until 1799 that Arthur Guinness decided to stop brewing ales and focus on perfecting bold, black beer after a type of dark beer from London became, known as porter, became increasingly popular in Dublin. Little did we know that this leap of faith would eventually lead to the creation of one of the world’s most loved and renowned beers.
In 1803 Arthur Guinness II took over the business and in 1821, 69 years after his father set up his first brewery, precise instructions for brewing ‘Guinness Superior Porter’ were recorded; the beginnings of ‘Guinness Original’ and ‘Guinness Extra Stout’.
- The draught beer’s thick, creamy head comes from mixing the beer with nitrogen when poured.
- Guinness & Co makes €2 Billion annually in Ireland alone.
- Guinness’ annual sales total 850 million litres, which is the equivalent of 1.5 billion pints.
- Guinness is a type of brew known as ‘porter’, a dark style of beer that originated in London. It is well hopped and made from brown malt, hence the colour.
- During WW2, all British troops in the British Expeditionary Force in France were given a bottle of Guinness to go with their Christmas dinner.
Traditionally, Saint Patrick’s day is a celebration of Saint Patrick, the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and all things typically Irish. Unofficially, the holiday is an excuse for many to see how much booze they can drink.
The celebrations happen during lent but, conveniently, any ‘restrictions’ are lifted especially for the occasion, which is why alcohol and Paddy’s Day often go hand in hand.
What many people don’t know is that the celebrations are heavily influenced by the many Irish that migrated from their homeland to North America. Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian ‘feast day’ in the late 17th Century, but until the 20th Century Paddy’s Day was often a bigger celebration in America than it was in Ireland. Many of the traditional celebrations we see today, such as big parades and costumes, were born in the U.S. too.
Nonetheless, Saint Patrick’s Day and its celebrations are rooted deep within Irish culture and everyone is encouraged to take part; which is great because we do love a pint of Guinness.
Mulled wine has been around for hundreds of years and we have the Romans to thank for it. Wine was first recorded as spiced and heated in Rome during the 2nd century and, whilst conquering and trading across Europe, they brought their recipes with them. The alcohol can be brewed with a wide variety of ingredients but the most common appear to be cinnamon, cloves and citrus fruits such as lemons or oranges. Sugar or honey is used for sweetness, but how much is added often varies. As you can imagine, the most popular recipes for mulled wine vary from country to country and depending on an individual’s taste. In German speaking countries mulled wine, or ‘glühwein’, is also known to be made from blueberry and cherry wine. Glühwein translates roughly as ‘glow wine’ after the hot irons once used to mull the drink.
There was a period when the Romans prohibited the establishment of vineyards outside Italy, in order to safeguard its wine trade, but in the third century the emperor Probus granted permission to Britain, Spain and Gaul to re-establish them. All hail Probus! Mulled wine isn’t the only drink that appears around this time of year. Eggnog is a popular American festive drink made from milk, cream, sugar and whipped eggs. Belly warming spirits such as brandy, rum and bourbon are then added. Historians believe the name derives from the word ‘noggin’, which referred to small wooden mugs used to serve this kind of drink.
It’s getting darker and colder as we enter the winter season this year. Here at The Dog we’ll have the fire roaring, a pint or two at the ready for when you walk through our doors and, perhaps the most exciting of all, a brand new menu!
We love to give our chefs the credit they deserve for the beautiful food they prepare for our pub. The chefs regularly experiment and express themselves through our specials menu, which can change regularly. With that said, let’s take a look at some of the past specials:
Stuffed sardines, crispy leek, and tomato toast – Mike, Head Chef.
Rack of lamb & dauphinoise potatoes – Amorino.
Tuna and bean salad – Sam
The Dog would like to introduce our ‘Star of the Month’, Gabriella Smith!
Gabriella is currently studying biomedical science at Sheffield University and is hoping to travel across New Zealand and America when she completes her degree.
Gabriella’s favourite meal from the pub: Fish & Chips! The best she has ever had. *DISCLAIMER* 100% not typed by managers!
Favourite drink: Brockman gin and fever tree tonic.
Keep your eyes peeled for our next winner! OK it’s not quite the Oscars but at least the speeches don’t drag on as much.