Saturday 24 March 2018

'Yes, we can' -- Cameron and Kenny brew up

Fiach Kelly Political Correspondent

WE'VE had half-strength, North Star Brew, white stout and the widget cans -- and now there's another special edition of Guinness to add to that list.

Guinness is about to come to you in 'Cam's Cans' and 'Taoiseach's Tinnies' after British Prime Minister David Cameron and Taoiseach Enda Kenny launched their own brew yesterday.

Usually the smell of porter at eight in the morning is enough to churn the hardiest of stomachs.

But the Taoiseach and Mr Cameron had no such qualms as they headed to James's Gate hours after the Dublin Castle state banquet for Queen Elizabeth.

But they weren't here for pints, and didn't touch a drink. The British requested the visit and they wanted to see how Guinness was brewed. Mr Cameron has a soft spot for Dublin's finest export, and before the British general election last year, talked about his love of Guinness in a can.

He also sank a glass after winning a leaders' debate during the campaign and was pictured backstage at last year's Tory conference enjoying a pint. And he enjoyed himself yesterday as he was shown around by brewery manager, Dubliner Colin O'Brien, before being joined by the Taoiseach to pass through a tunnel under James's Street and up to the brewery's operations centre.

"This is mission control! This is Heuston!" Mr Cameron said, before he and Mr Kenny were invited to pull a mock tap and start a brew that would produce 300,000 pints.

Mr O'Brien told Mr Cameron he'd dispatch him a sample of 'Dave and Enda's brew' when it's finished. Mr Cameron and Mr Kenny also tested the hops, water and yeast and the Taoiseach was chided by Mr Cameron for asking about Guinness's secret ingredient.

"You always want to know where real power lies," Mr Cameron told the Taoiseach. "This is one of those moments you realise it's not with you."

But the queen won't be able to bring the prime minister's cans back to London when she leaves later today, since the brew won't be ready for around 10 days, with Mr O'Brien saying it is likely to be delivered in cans.

But what will they say in Downing Street when they crack them open? Will it be 'chin, chin', or will Mr Cameron take a leaf out of his queen's book and use a bit of Irish? We bet it'll be 'slainte'.

Irish Independent

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