Shawn Pogatchnik reports for the Associated Press:
Irish police were hunting for a beer bandit who stole 450 full kegs from the Guinness brewery – the largest heist ever at Ireland’s largest brewer.
National police said a lone man drove into the brewery – a Dublin landmark and top tourist attraction – on Wednesday and hitched his truck to a fully loaded trailer awaiting delivery to city pubs ….
…. Police said the raider took 180 kegs of Guinness stout, 180 kegs of U.S. lager Budweiser and 90 kegs of Danish beer Carlsberg. Guinness brews both of those foreign brands under license for sale in Ireland ….
…. Each keg holds about 88 British-sized pints, the most common serving size in Ireland, equivalent to 20 ounces each. The total theft involves 39,600 pints with a retail value exceeding $235,000.
What really disturbs me the most is the idea that “Guinness” and “Budweiser” appear in the same sentence, much less are brewed by the same company in Ireland.
While police have not released any details about the suspect—there may not be any details to give—they have suggested that it will be difficult for the thief to sell the stolen beer.
So what we have, apparently, is a stolen trailer full of beer that cannot be sold. Seems to me the suspect should be easy to find on an island approximately the size of South Carolina. (Insert your preferred bad joke here.)
You do realize that Guinness is going to make a beer called Guinness Red to try to half flagging profits. That is FAR more disturbing.
See, dude? You should have a blog. You’re scads ahead of me on the news. Really, I’m being pretentious by trying to add more than a sentence or two to these news stories. Hell, just give something resembling credit to the original author and then an excerpt and link. It’s vaguely more personal than, say, Digg. Guinness Red? Great. Now we all … okay, a bunch of us … have something new to Google.
I think they should come up with a beer called Guineiser, a black and white ale, with the white head on top, of coarse. So, what’s Guinness doing producing Budweiser ? News to me ! Oh well, I’m heading for SC to open a pub.
Somebody is gonna have a nice Christmas with all that beer, the Gardai probably know where it is, wow, thats almost the equivalent to the big French heist, urve wah Guineiser !
Love your work Shawn !