Royal visit makes brewing history

THE Queen’s state visit to Ireland last month made a bit of brewing, as well as political, history.

As part of a “windows tour of Dublin”, which took in such landmarks as Trinity College, Croke Park and St Patrick’s Cathedral, Her Majesty, accompanied by Prince Philip, became the first reigning British monarch to visit St James’s Gate brewery, home of Guinness. Like countless beer pilgrims before them, the royal party was shown how to pour the perfect Guinness by master brewer, Fergal Murray, and enjoyed panoramic views of the city from the Gravity Bar.
John Kennedy, managing director of Diageo Ireland, said the visit would leave “a great legacy for Guinness”. It’s unclear whether the Queen managed a full pint.