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A New Brew For San Diego: Guinness Black Lager

Guinness' Fergal Murray at Wet Stone
Guinness' Fergal Murray at Wet Stone
SanDiego.com

If the traditional heavy pint of Guinness has never been your brew of choice, have no fear: Guinness has created another type of beer to help you celebrate like a true Irishman: Guinness Black Lager.

Behind the silver and blue label, this beer combines dark-roasted barley and hop with the crispness of a lager, creating a dark, carbonated beer that’s easy to drink. Unlike traditional Guinness, which is stored in a can containing a nitrogenized widget, Black Lager comes in amber glass bottles. It’s best enjoyed chilled, straight from the bottle. Black Lager is a refreshing option for San Diego, where sometimes the sun is too much to enjoy a draught of Guinness.

The lager hit markets in San Diego in September 2010, and it will be tested first here (and Chicago) before making its nationwide release. Available at local grocery and liquor stores, you can also find bottles of the brew at some of your favorite San Diego bars, including: Boars Crossn (309 Grand Ave.), Hooleys Irish Pub (5500 Grossmont Center Dr. Ste. 277, 2955 Jamacha Rd. Ste 21), Millers Field (4465 Mission Blvd), Tiny Tavern (4745 Voltaire St.), Double Deuce (528 F St.), Moondoggies (826 Garnet Ave. 32), Formosa Club (840 Broadway) and Mad Dog Saloon (7123 El Cajon Blvd).

Guinness Master Brewer Fergal Murray was recently stateside promoting his new product, just in time for St. Patrick's Day. We caught up with him for a beer and a chat at Wet Stone Wine Bar in Bankers Hill. In the video, Murray talks about Black Lager, as well as the love he has for Guinness and that ideal moment of enjoying the first sip of a perfectly poured pint.

Interview with Guinness Brew Master Fergal Murray (part 1 of 2)

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Interview with Guinness Brew Master Fergal Murray (part 2 of 2)