Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Beer >
Aug 30, 2013 11:07 AM

New Seasonal Red Guinness

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Ah hell, I'll try it.

    All about increasing shelf space for a beer that's basically a (HUGE) (and tasty) one-trick pony.

    7 Replies
    1. re: DuchessNukem

      Importers have seen how well craft seasonals perform. You see, for example, Newcastle seasonals these days.

      1. re: Jim Dorsch

        Very true. I didn't mind the Newcastle Werewolf. And Shiner's Ruby Redbird is really a nice summer beer.

      2. re: DuchessNukem

        "One trick pony"? Seems to me that "Guinness Stout" is probably one of the most varied single brand of beer.

        Guinness Draught ("light beer" level abv, nitro-served on tap, and in bottle and can)
        Guinness Extra Stout
        Guinness Foreign Extra Stout
        Guinness 250th Anniversary Stout.

        (And that's just within recent years in the US market - lots more variations of Guinness Stouts around the world).

        1. re: JessKidden

          they're selling a schwarzbier, too, if I recall, or something akin to it

            1. re: TroyTempest

              right. I haven't had it. seems odd in one way, but fits their stable nicely as a dark beer.

          1. re: JessKidden

            Probably I could have phrased that better, but what I was "seeing" when I said it, was the average grocery beer cooler and the shelf spaces carved out for each brand. Shiner must have five-six different varieties here; Shock Top has three; Guinness often only has one. The average "I-have-a-Guinness-every-March-17" person is likely not aware of the full range.

          1. re: MOREKASHA

            Austin Homebrew Supply has a recipe kit for a wheat stout.

          2. Guinness stout has been dark red colored for years. Doh!

            2 Replies
              1. re: TroyTempest

                Hold up a guiness to a light. It's a deep red

            1. I tried this last night and I've gotta say, it barely tastes different from the regular stout. Side by side in a blind taste test I wouldn't know the difference.

              2 Replies
              1. re: masha bousha

                Help! As with Sierra Nevada Flipside "Red" IPA, I don't get what the "red" signifies in terms of this beer. Red what????

                1. re: ratgirlagogo

                  Color mostly - just how they get the red color - through heavy use of crystal malts and/or just a touch of roasted barley/malt will effect its flavor.