Originally posted by santacruz
I do not like Guinness that is brewed in Canada, Is it the water? But the Guinness brewed in Dublin/St. James gate is delicious but I can't find it in the states anymore. I had to give up Guinness.
According to all reports (including the Guinness website), in the US "Guinness Draught", available in kegs, in the "widget" cans and the "widget" bottles are all brewed in Ireland.
In the US, the bottled "Guinness Extra Stout" (a different brew than the "Draught') comes from Canada. Here on the East Coast, the 12 ounce bottles are from Moosehead, the 24 ounce bottles are from Labatt. I have heard the sources may be different on the West Coast (a Labatt brewery in Western Canada IIRC). Supposedly, GES from Canada is made by adding something called "Guinness Essence" (a sort of condensed, non-alcoholic Guinness syrup made at the St. James brewery) to a base beer.
For current (and one obsolete) labels, see http://jesskidden.googlepages.com/guinnessinamerica2
Do the California "Guinness Draught" labels actually say "Canada"? Diageo, brewer of Guinness, is not very forthcoming about their arrangement with InBev's Labatt and the indie Moosehead in Canada.