With the exception of excessive/unintelligible swearing and Bono, Guinness is probably the #1 thing you associate with Ireland. Which makes the announcement that the Irish brewer is crossing the pond to make a lager with American hops a little surprising. And kinda exciting. Because Uncle Arthur, apparently, is into blondes.
As Beer Street Journal reports, Guinness parent company Diageo has tapped contract brewer City Brewing Company for the forthcoming Guinness Blonde American Lager, which will use Mosaic and Willamette American hops. Though the exact release date remains a Celtic mystery, Diageo Guinness USA prez Tom Looney claims it'll hit shelves this Fall. That gives you plenty of time to process the news, hopefully over a pint of the OG stout.
Kristin Hunt is a food/drink staff writer for Thrillist. American Guinness makes her uncomfortable. Follow her to the pub at @kristin_hunt.