Guinness celebrates two hundred years in America

To commemorate its 200th anniversary with America, Guinness has released a limited edition Stout alongside a host of activity in October to mark the celebration.


The anniversary celebrates a 200-year love affair between Guinness and America. To say thank you, Guinness has introduced a limited edition Guinness 200th Anniversary Export Stout as well as bringing back some old favourites for a festive variety pack.

A pair of public celebrations in New York City and Los Angeles will also mark the occasion.

The commemorative Stout is inspired by a recipe Benjamin Guinness – the son of Arthur Guinness – originally developed in 1817. It is the latest beer to be created by the Open Gate Brewery – the pilot brewery located at St. James’s Gate in Dublin – where Guinness brewers experiment with new styles and reinterpret historical brews.

Bottle and serve of new limited edition Guinness 200th Anniversary Export Stout

The story between Guinness and America began in October 1817, when the first eight barrels of Guinness beer – a porter to be exact – arrived in South Carolina. Two hundred years on and the bond is still strong.

 Emma Giles, Guinness Brand Director, said: “Two things have always been at the heart of the Guinness brand since our founding in 1759: brewing great beer and sharing our story. When we started brewing beer for America 200 years ago, that story became a shared one. Now, every time you share a pint with someone else, another chapter begins.”

Male Guinness employee holding new limited edition Guinness 200th Anniversary Export Stout bottle

Guinness also intends to release its newest limited edition Guinness Draught cans, featuring artwork from the legendary Guinness ads from the 1930s and the 1950s.