If you’ve seen some poor souls wandering round Epcot looking a little worse for wear, you might automatically assume that they’ve had a bad encounter on Soarin’, or they’re just plain tired from all that walking. You could be completely wrong. They might just be one of Disney World’s secret Guinness drinkers.
Bucket loads of Guinness are sold in The Rose and Crown pub in Epcot every day. In fact it’s rumoured that Epcot sells more Guinness each year, than the rest of the world.
So what’s the attraction with this dark creamy beer, and how come everyone’s drinking it? You’d think the rides and attractions would be more popular than anything else in Epcot, so how is Guinness pulling all these punters?
Well Guinness has been brewed since 1759 and the first shipment to the USA was in 1817 to Southern Carolina. So the Guinness addiction in America has been spreading for over 200 years.
Who drinks it? Well most people – even breast-feeding women. Some health visitors and doctor’s in the UK actually recommend Guinness to women who’re struggling to produce milk – in small quantities mind you. Believe me, it does the trick, and it tastes especially nice with a dash of blackcurrant.
If you think it’s strange that health professionals recommend Guinness, let me tell you this. Guinness production was actually funded by an Archbishop. That’s right, it’s even funded by the church, so it has to be good. Archbishop price willed £100 to Arthur Guinness in 1752, and three years later, he used it to set up as a brewer in County Kildare. It was a wise move, because now, over 250 years later, around 2 billion pints of Guinness are sold every year.
So, next time you’re in Epcot, check out the Rose and Crown pub, and see what all the fuss is about. If you think you might suspect someone of being one of those secret Epcot Guinness drinkers, check out some of the great gifts below, that might just help them live with their addiction.