To anyone who missed it, yesterday was the 250th anniversary of the date when Arthur Guinness signed the famed 9000 year lease for his brewery.

In 1759, at the age of 34, Arthur Guinness signed a 9000-year lease for the St. James’s Gate Brewery, Dublin, at an annual rent of £45. The brewery was only 4 acres in size, disused, and had little brewing equipment. But in only 10 years, despite competition from imported English beers, Arthur began to export his beer to England.


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