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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.

What you'll learn in the How Guinness is made lesson

  • The four key ingredients to brew Guinness
  • The six steps to brewing
  • The story behind the ingredients

Who the Guinness course is for

This online course for those who want to brush up on their knowledge and learn a few unique tips.


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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