Alcohol has been consumed by humans for tens of thousands of years.
Poisonous, if you have too much. Enjoyable, if you don't.

Irish Pub Guide - ireland and worldwide
Irish Pub Guide in New York - Oktoberfest
Dublin Pub Scene

It's also big business, with global mergers going on with what people think of their local drink.
Diageo - The world's biggest spirits producers (see story)
Own: Guinness, Harp, Kailber, Smithicks, Baileys, Smirnoff, Johnnie Walker, J&B, Captain Morgan, Cuervo and Tanqueray, Crown Royal (in the US), Gordon's and Archers (in GB & Ireland) and Buchanan's (in Latin America), VAT 69, Gilbey's and Goldschlager.

About Guinness
• A pint of Guinness has fewer calories than a pint of semi-skimmed milk or a pint of orange juice
• Guinness is brewed in over 50 countries worldwide and sold in more than 150
• 10 million glasses are consumed every day around the world
• Guinness is brewed specially to suit local tastes. In Europe, US and Australia, consumers enjoy Guinness Draught, while in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, they drink Guinness Foreign Extra Stout
• Ireland 2nd in the world after UK for the amount of guinness had. Per person though ireland is 1st.
Variants:Guinness Draught, Guinness Draught Extra Cold, Guinness Draught in Cans, Guinness Draught in Bottles, Guinness Extra Stout, Guinness Original, Guinness Foreign Extra Stout
How to order a guinness (this applies to types of stout)
About Smirnoff
• Ireland is 5th biggest market of the world #1 vovda. Smirnoff, after US,UK
Variants: Smirnoff Blue, Smirnoff Black, Smirnoff Apple Twist, Smirnoff Citrus Twist, Smirnoff Vanilla Twist, Smirnoff Orange Twist, Smirnoff Raspberry, Smirnoff Ice, Smirnoff Mule, Smirnoff Black Ice, Smirnoff Triple Black
Own: Murphys, Heineken.
Ahh.. a pint of creamy murphy's and you're at home in cork.

Alcohol: Bulmers (in ireland, which is called Magners outside of Ireland), Ritz, Stag, Strongbow (all made in clonmel, orginally the company was showerings started by Magner)
Non Alcohol: Club Soft Drinks, Ballygowan, Cidona, MiWadi, Club Mixers, T.K. (under license: Pepsi, 7UP) (Tayto bought in 1999)
International: Tullamore Dew, Carolans, Irish Mist, Frangelico, Aperol Snacks: Tayto Crisps, King Crisps, Tayto LFC's, Popcorn, Ripples

Scottish & Newcastle (brought beamish from Carling O'Keefee in 1995)
Own: Beamish, Beamish Red Ale, Newcastle brown, McEwan's, Threakstons,John Smith's, Fosters
In Cork: Beamish,Fosters in brewing. under licence: Carling. Distrubtion for Scrumpy,Cronenburg

Carlsberg - Probably...
Carlsberg, Tuborg, Falcon, Pripps Blå, Tetley's, Koff (see sections on denmark and sweden about the variants on these brands)

Bulmers (UK)
Own: Bulmer (everywhere in the world except Ireland), Strongbow, Scrumpy Jack, Woodpecker, Bulmers Original, White Lightning, Amstel, San Miguel, Sidekick

Austrailia's location and history made development local beers important..and so to this day. support of each states beer is very strong.. international beers are hard to come by in bars, expect guinness and kilkenny red, which are both brewed locally.

CompanyLocation Draught BeerBottled Beer
Twoehy's Sydney, New South WalesTwoehy's New (lager), Twoehy's old (Ale), .. all very tasty and it's the main drink in sydneyTwoehy's cold filtered
Charlton Brisbane,QueenslandBottle's Charlton Cold in available countrywide
VB Melbourne, Victoria-Brown stubby bottle of Victoria Beer. Taste like the draught
CastlemaineBrisbane,QueenslandCastlemaine XXXX
Fosters ....Fosters, internationally known but actually not the biggest beer in austrailiaFosters Cold
Swan Perth, Western Austrailia-

New Zealand
It's still all local beers so sell in new zealand, with the usual exception of the locally produced guinness and kilkenny red.
CompanyLocation Draught BeerBottled BeerRemarks
SpeightsDunedin, South IslandLager, passableSame lagerPride of the South
dbDunedin,draught lagergolden, export
Canterbury BeerChristchurch,Canterbury--
TuiNorth Island-sponors of northland rugby
MonithiesGreymouth, WestlandOrginal (Ale), Black (a flat stout), Golden (Lager)Not the tastiest

Starobrno (5%, premium lager, brno, cz)

Carlsberg owns Tuborg and most danish only serve Carlsberg or Tuborg lager and ale brews. Carlsberg even sell mineral water "kildevæld"

Saku and Albert Le Coq.. very tasty stuff. "kui jood, ära sõida!"

Koff and Lapin Kulta (Lapin is also available in sweden)
Uses the same class of system for alcohol strenght as sweden.

Stout: Murphy's, Gunniness, Beamish, O'Hara's and various microbrewerys
Ale: Smithicks, Bass, McCafferys and various microbrewerys
Lager: Harp and various microbrewerys and most international brands brewed under licence in ireland.
Liquers: Baileys
Spirts: Paddy, Powers, Bushmills & Jameson Whiskey

Despite a recent holiday to Livigno, didn't a get any italian beers only Tuborg,Carlsberg,Red Wine and wicked cocktails. And a couple of pints of Guinness. Since returning I've tried some italian beer in an italian restuarant only ok

Sweden Over my 10 months in sweden, I found alcohol not as expensive as commonily, especially with recent prices in Dublin. And there is much better deals to have (1)bars without music (2)bars selling Czech Bar such as Solat(3) using the SystemBolaget, state controlled off-licenses
There are 4 draught lagers available nationally
Falcon,Pripps Blå,Carlsberg Hof, Spendthurps
But only Carlsberg was reliably tasty and calling it "Hof" is quicker. A Class system was applied on all beers and lagers in sweden it was like this..

Class I: up to 2% alcohol. Very weak beer, typically drunk at lunchtime in company canteens. Pripps Blå and Nordland Guld were the two I tried. Ok, for 12am.
Class II: from 2% to 3.5% Early evening or Early Beer. This is the strongest beer available from supermarket. So they were the only cans available from 1pm Saturday to 9am monday.
Class III:from 3.5% to 5.5% Starköl, normal to Strong. The Typical beer in Pubs and Cans was in this range.
Class IV :from 5.5% to 7% Starköl, Strong. An example is Carlsberg's Sort Guld in this category was described as "like honey" when I brought a couple of cans back to ireland. It's my favorite carlsberg outside of denmark.
Class V: above 7% Very Strong Such beer as Carlsberg's Elphant Lager, which is 11% alcohol and horrible, fall into category.
MarieStead and Skåne are good swedish beers but usually only available in bottles.

Pubs: O'Learys -

Yuengling make a very tasty lager. (also available in New York.
MA: Samuel Adams
Nationally: Bud, Miller

Tasty beer. With 9 class grading system from 0 to 9.


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