When you order a pint of Guinness at a pub, you probably believe that you’re drinking one of the most authentically Irish brews of all time, right?Unfortunately, this may not be the case. A small percentage of Guinness beer, the pint o’ champions, is actually brewed in Canada, according to the very fine print on each bottle, and one beer fan, Kieran O’Hara is not happy about that small fact. In fact, O’Hara has sued Guinness for $5 million for deceptive marketing and alleged misrepresentation of the product.
The class-action lawsuit was filed on December 15 with the court of Massachusetts. Before you grab your torches and pitchforks, the lawsuit admits that most of the Guinness Extra Stout sold in North America is actually brewed at the historic St. James' Gate Brewery in Dublin, with a smaller portion of the product being imported from Canada. The defendant and others in the class seek compensation to make up for paying a premium for what they believed to be authentically Irish beer. Guinness has not yet responded to media requests for comment.
Think winning a lawsuit like this is impossible? In October of this year, Beck’s Beer reached a $20 million legal settlement for misrepresenting the beer’s country of brewed origin. If you believed Beck’s was made in Germany, you can get a $12 refund.