By Leigh O'Connor.
Brewed in 49 countries around the world, with more than 10
million glasses enjoyed every day – nothing is more Irish than a pint of Guinness – just ask global ambassador and
Irishman Domhnall Marnell.
Domhnall Marnell, Guinness Ambassador and Chloe Grace Moretz.
Currently on a 90-day whirlwind tour of Australia, taking in
St Patrick’s Day Down Under, Don was more than happy to share some Guinness
secrets and little known facts with AGFG readers. At the forefront of beer
innovation for 259 years and with a 9000-year lease on the original St James’
Gate Brewery in Dublin, there is a lot more ale to be made and ideas to come to
"On top of the beer’s quality, the story of the brewery, our
branded mascots like the toucan, harp and of course the Guinness World Records
book, have all given the brand a global appeal,” he explains.
"If you haven’t enjoyed your first pint quite yet, chances
are you already know about us.”
In fact, the book of world records came about as a way to
settle arguments in bars, after one too many pints!
Don began his beer journey after a background in Irish
radio, stand-up comedy and voice-over work. In 2011, he began working at the
Guinness storehouse to supplement his income and fell in love with the brand.
"Since then, I have taken it upon myself to become
knowledgeable about Guinness and beer in general, achieving my qualification in
beer brewing in 2017. I’ve also had the opportunity to travel the world – from Serbia
to Singapore, the US to Australia – spreading the story of Ireland’s most
beloved beer brand. What more could you want?”
Whenever a celeb is in Dublin town, Guinness is always a
priority on the agenda and Don has been trusted to look after many VIPs,
serving pints to the likes of Will Ferrell, Tom Cruise, Chloe Grace Moretz,
Brooklyn Beckham and Australian actor Nic Westaway.
For the last three years, he has also acted as the Guinness
St Patrick’s Day ambassador in New York City.
On his first visit to Australia, he rates all the pubs and
clubs he has dropped into so far as serving up a great pint and says come St
Paddy’s Day, you will be hard-pressed not to enjoy a creamy drop if your local
While the top two consumers of Guinness annually are the UK
and USA, it comes as a surprise that Nigeria ranks at number four.
"Africa is a huge market and on some occasions, there could
be more glasses drunk on a humid day in Nigeria, than in Ireland,” Don quips.
So what food goes best with this ruby red coloured drop?
Guinness Draught is perfect for rich desserts and can be used to make beer-flavoured
ice cream and chocolate mousse, as its smooth texture pairs well with rich
hearty, meals and after dinner treats.
"Our classic Extra Stout is traditionally used in Chrissy
pudding back home, while our Foreign Extra Stout is ideal for marinating beef,
making stews and pies. The most common pairing has been seafood, dating back to
1837 when UK Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli spoke of Guinness and oysters.
"The sea saltiness of oysters is perfectly complemented by
Guinness’ rich and smoky taste.”
The advent of the Brewers Project in 2015 has seen a
reinterpretation of classic recipes from 200-year-old brewers’ diaries and the
release of new drops - Guinness Dublin Porter and West Indies Porter, followed
by a sortie into the dynamic world of ale with Guinness Golden Ale.
This journey of innovation has continued with the release of
Hop House 13 Lager in Australia, set to be a real game changer just as it has
been in Ireland, giving lager fans a chance to explore a beer with more flavour
from a brand they trust and love.
"Guinness has one of the most loyal followings of any beer
in the world and there’s certainly a strong sense of national pride around the
Finally, we asked Don what was his best Irish joke…
"We Irish have a reputation for being storytellers and this
is absolutely true. These stories are always best shared with a pint of
Guinness – you’ll have to wait until we have a pint to hear it!”