Happy 250th Birthday, Arthur Guinness! Pint-Sized Ireland: In Search of the Perfect Guinness

Today, dear lads and lasses, 'tis what would have been the 250th birthday of that famous brewmaster, Arthur Guinness. Now, nobody lives that long, we know, but we're still intending to head to our local Irish pub in honor of that great man to raise a pint of bitters in his name. Want to know more about Ireland's famed pub culture and the company behind the booze? Pint-Sized Ireland: In Search of the Perfect Guinness ($12) is a great place to start. Australian Evan McHugh traveled Ireland, sampling different pubs and Guinesses along the way and writing about his experiences with melodically flowing prose. And, once you're done reading, start your celebration by *hic* drafting perfect Half and Halfs with the official Guinness Pouring Spoon. ($10) For all you baking babes out there, there's also this killer Chocolate & Guinness Cake recipe from the Smitten Kitchen!

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