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Tuesday 21 January 2020

Guinness plan to brew 33pc more pints in city

The Guinness Brewery St James Gate in Dublin
The Guinness Brewery St James Gate in Dublin

Cormac Murphy

GUINNESS parent company Diageo has received approval for a plan that would see its production capacity increase by up to 33pc.

Dublin City Council has granted the drinks giant permission to install a new barley roaster machine at its St James's Gate Brewery.

The grain is a key ingredient in Guinness and is said to give the stout its distinctive burnt flavour.

The machine will have an output capacity of 7,000 tonnes a year. As the three existing roaster machines have a total capacity of 21,000 tonnes, the overall capacity will be 28,000 tonnes a year.

When contacted, a Diageo spokeswoman was unable to say if consumers will enjoy a price decrease because of the economies of scale.

"Unfortunately, production volumes and pricing are of a commercial nature and we generally don't discuss that," she told the Herald.

In its report, the council noted: "The proposal comprises an intensification of the existing brewing process carried out on the wider St James's Gate site."

The number of barley roaster machines at the Dublin 8 site will have doubled in recent years from two to four when the new one is installed.

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