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Where does undrunk Guinness Go?

The Guinness brewery in Dublin produces a whopping 720m litre of its famous stout every year – that’s equivalent to 39 pints per second! But that was scaled back to minimal levels during lockdown, so the question is, where does the undrunk Guinness go? 

Well, the answer might come as a surprise to many of you – turns out, the thousands of pints of Guinness that weren’t drunk during lockdown are now being used to fertilise Christmas trees instead! Yes, that’s right Christmas trees! 

Pint of Guinness

Some of the left-over loveliness is also being used to create a biogas, which bosses hope could help power the brewery in the future, amazing right?! 

When asked how much was handed back to them, director of operations at St James’s Gate Aidan Crowe said, “You’d probably make me cry if I started to add it all up, but it’s hundreds of thousands of kegs and we’ve still got some products to decant and we’ve still got some markets that haven’t finished returning their beer to us.” 

“So, a lot of beer and a lot of kegs.” 

There’ll be a lot of merry Christmas trees this year…but Guinness, if you’re reading this, next time (hopefully there won’t be a next time TBH) send em our way! 

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