Lack of the Black Stuff
It may be “good for you” but Bermuda is facing a draught Guinness drought.
Island bars have run short of the popular Irish stout on tap — forcing fans of the Dublin-born beer to resort to cans or alternative drinks.
The Royal Gazette visited four bars in Hamilton — and found no draught Guinness for sale. Even the island’s only Irish bar, Flanagan’s on Front Street, came up dry.
Drinkers had to resort to canned Guinness or local brewery On De Rock’s Indian Pale Ale — until that ran out as well.
A shocked drinker at the bar said he was not aware of the Guinness crisis and “vexed” that he had to drink Kilkenny ale, also made by Guinness, instead.
He added he was not a fan of the canned variety of the stout.
The man explained: “Guinness from the tap is a much smoother Guinness. It’s totally different.”
But he added he did not always drink Guinness.
“If I’m feeling frisky or looking for a lady I might have Guinness,” he joked.
Customers at nearby Docksider’s were also disappointed in the shortage of Guinness on tap.
Samantha Alves, a bartender at the Front Street bar, said that most customers prefer Guinness on tap and were disappointed that they had to settle for cans instead.
A colleague added that customers had been “upset” at the news, although Guinness was not the bar’s biggest seller.
He added: “This happened with Beck’s a while back but it’s never happened with Guinness before.”
A bartender at the Robin Hood on Richmond Road, said that island drinks giant Gosling’s had the franchise for Guinness in Bermuda and that they had none in stock.
One Gosling’s employee claimed that the local company had run out of Guinness and Corona — but declined to say why.
But Gary, one of the three main bartenders at Flanagan’s, joked that rugby players from the UK and US in Bermuda for last week’s Atlantic Rugby Cup had drank the bar dry of stout.
He added: “It’s our most popular drink and we have the best Guinness on the island.”
And he said that it was hoped that a fresh supply of Guinness would arrive by the end of the day.
Gosling’s did not respond to requests for comment from The Royal Gazette.
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