Many Christians will find it surprising to know that Arthur Guinness was actually a devout Protestant and lover of Jesus. As a Christian Guinness had a deep social conscience. He was concerned for others and as he knew of Jesus’ love for the least, so he saw his role as a follower of Jesus to care for others too. Of primary concern for Arthur was the widespread drunkenness among his fellow Irishmen. At that time the primary alcoholic beverages of choice were whiskey and gin, both of which were cheap and high in alcoholic content. This meant getting drunk was extremely easy. Arthur’s heart was grieved by the social ills that drunkenness had created and so he prayed that God would provide a solution. What makes Guinness unique is that in praying this prayer he was also willing to be part of the answer to that prayer if God would so choose to use him.
Guinness was an entrepreneur who, in 1759, decided to lease a poorly maintained and equipped brewer (St. James Gate in Dublin) for nine thousand years. What he would brew here was a beer, a drink relatively unknown in rural Ireland at the time, that was lower in alcoholic content (at least lower than their whiskey and Gin) and which was so thick that a person could only drink so many pints of it. Thus Guinness beer was born. The beer is like a meal, it is full of tons of minerals and other trace elements that makes it fairly healthy. And since it was so thick and filling getting drunk off of it was a bit more difficult. Interestingly, public drunkenness did decrease after Guinness had made its biggest impressions on the general populace.
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