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Can you identify the key ingredients involved in brewing Guinness? Although Guinness has been around for over 250 years, the company still uses the same ingredients and the same traditional brewing steps to brew the perfect pint.

In this lesson for bartenders and servers, Stephen Kilcullen dives deep into the four main ingredients used to create the beer, and the six classic steps that are undertaken to brew every batch of Guinness. You will find out more about:

  1. Milling and mashing

  2. Wort separation

  3. Boiling

  4. Fermentation

  5. Maturation and storage

  6. Packaging

Learn how different the yeast used to create Guinness is to other brewing yeasts, and how specific ingredients are delicately balanced throughout the process. Stephen explains that at Guinness breweries, there are brewers on site who have been with the company for over 40 years. This lesson will give bartenders and servers insight into the unique beer and brand.

Learn hospitality skills for today’s world, including:

The four key ingredients to brew Guinness

The six steps to brewing

The story behind the ingredients


Stephen Kilcullen

Stephen Kilcullen is the Global Head of Quality and a qualified Master Brewer, at Guinness – a world leading Irish beer brewery, produced by Diageo beverages.

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