3. Myth Buster #1: All of Ireland DOESN’T drink Guinness
Stout is NOT the favored drink of all that are Irish – this is a massive myth buster. Guinness, Ireland’s greatest export ever, though a beverage of great taste and quality, is more of a marketing success story than anything else. Arthur Guinness was a visionary marketeer, besides being a great brewer. His success in portraying Guinness as Ireland’s signature drink is a brilliant branding case-study; but outside of the bigger cities (primarily Dublin), Guinness/stouts are not the most sought after drinks. Patrons love their local brews and are proud of them. Ales, lagers, ambers and wheat beers are enjoyed just as much if not more than a lot of stouts.
4. The Icebreaker
The favorite ice-breaker in Irish conversations is the ‘weather’ – I’ve never seen a singular topic appear with so much prominence anywhere else. In a land where you can easily experience 3-4 seasons in a day, it is understandable why the Irish love talking about their weather. Throw in a pinch of wit for good measure, and you’ll be quick to make a lot of Irish friends.