Congratulations, Arthur, you have quite a legacy of excellence and philanthropy.
Jimbo and I (and others) will be at Mackey's Pub in Crystal City tonight to celebrate. We might even be recording our toasts and uploading them to the Guinness web site as a certain someone is one of the original members of the 250 society...
In 1759, Arthur Guinness put pen to paper and signed a 9,000-year lease on the St. James's Gate Brewery, Dublin. It costs him an initial £100 with an annual rent of £45 – this crucially includes water rights. The brewery covers four acres and consists of a copper, a kieve, a mill, two malthouses, stabling for 12 horses and a loft to hold 200 tons of hay.