No small beer – tracing the fortunes of famous brew and family behind it.
MORE than nine million pints of Guinness are sipped around the world every day – a testament to the adventurous Guinness dynasty and a family tree with branches reaching around the globe, notably New Zealand and Australia.
Rod Smith has traced the story in Guinness Down Under, giving a fascinating and never-before-told account of how the family and the legendary brew made it from Ireland to the Antipodes.
The Guinness name is recognised the world over, the famous stout has been brewed at St James’s Gate, Dublin for over 250 years, and is now brewed under contract in fifty countries.
Guinness family members, originally in three major groupings – brewing, banking and the church – have achieved fame in all walks of life, with some scaling great heights, others tasting great sadness.
Guinness Down Under explores how the famous brew and the family came to New Zealand and Australia in the mid-1800s the brew itself through export and eventually in-country brewing, and the family through four grandsons of Arthur and Olivia Guinness who made a new life Down Under, where many of their descendants remain.
In this in-depth and absorbing account we learn about the origins of Guinness stout, the nature of the export trade, and the vagaries of the market.
We learn of the challenges, highlights and sadness in the complex lives of the four cousins who, independently and at different times, sought to make a better life for themselves Down Under.
The entrepreneur, public figure, and political activist; the successful Canterbury pastoralist; the ‘black sheep’ of the family who set up as a Guinness brewer in Melbourne then disappeared forever; the clergyman who took his family to a vicarage in Melbourne, just when the new city was flourishing.
Also described is the progress of the iconic Guinness stout in New Zealand and Australia, from early imports in the 1850s through to present-day production in Auckland and Adelaide.
“Guinness Down Under is utterly engaging.” Professor Peter Kuch, Eamon Cleary Chair of Irish Studies, University of Otago.
Guinness Down Under by Rod Smith | Published mid-March by Eyeglass Press Ltd | rrp. $49.99
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