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For The First Time In Over 60 Years, Guinness Will Open A New Brewery In The US


Drink up, everyone! The United States will be getting their own version of Guinness’ iconic Open Gate Brewery that’s located in Ireland.

Guinness’ parent company Diageo announced that it will open a brand-new facility in the United States, the first new Guinness brewery in the country in 63 years. The company plans to build a mid-sized Guinness brewery and Guinness visitor experience with an innovation microbrewery at the current site in Relay, Maryland.

The brand’s stouts will continue to be made in Ireland, however, as the new facility will produce beers specifically for the US markets.

Tom Day, President of Diageo Beer Company, said in a statement:

Opening a Guinness brewery and visitor center in the US will enable us to collaborate with fellow brewers and interact with the vibrant community of beer drinkers. Given the success of our Open Gate Brewery in Dublin and the popularity of beer tourism in the US, we are confident that Americans will welcome the opportunity to come experience Guinness brewing in Baltimore County.

Construction is slated to begin sometime in spring 2017 as plans are being finalized. The company is shooting to have the new brewery open in fall 2017, coinciding with the 200th anniversary of Guinness beer first being imported to the US.


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Here’s How to Make Irish Car Bomb Strawberry Shortcakes

Happy Half St. Patrick’s Day!

If you are looking for ideas on how to celebrate, I have a few: wear blue and yellow, tell everyone to hug you because you’re half Irish, and make these Emerald Isle-inspired shortcakes: chocolate Guinness® Draught Beer shortcakes, filled with Baileys® Irish Cream whipped cream and strawberries, and topped with a decadent chocolate Jameson® Irish Whiskey sauce. 

Irish Car Bomb Strawberry Shortcakes (serves 8)

Chocolate Guinness Shortcakes (adapted from Bisquick)


  • 2 1/4c Bisquick®
  • 2/3c Guinness
  • 1/4c cocoa
  • 1/4c sugar
  • 1/2c milk-chocolate coated toffee bits (Necessary!)


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Prep baking sheets with parchment.
  2. In medium bowl, stir Bisquick mix, beer, cocoa, sugar, and toffee bits until soft dough forms.
  3. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto cookie sheets so that you have 8 shortcakes that are the same size.
  4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until firm around edges.

Baileys Whipped Cream


  • 1cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4c Baileys
  • 2T sugar


  1. Chill bowl and beaters before whipping cream.
  2. Pour heavy cream, sugar, and 2T of Baileys into chilled bowl.
  3. Beat on medium for 1 minute until frothy, then on high 2 to 3 minutes until soft peaks form.
  4. Fold in the remaining Baileys.

Chocolate Jameson Whiskey Sauce (adapted from Serious Eats)


  • 5oz dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2c milk
  • 2T sugar
  • 3T heavy cream
  • 2-3T Jameson Whiskey


  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together milk and sugar.
  2. Bring milk to a steady simmer, stirring until sugar has dissolved.
  3. Pour in chocolate chips and let sit for 3 minutes. Whisk until smooth.
  4. Whisk in cream. Let mixture come to room temperature, then mix in whiskey.
  5. Chill until ready to serve, but feel free to heat it up in the microwave if you want to serve it hot.

Strawberries (from my wonderful America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook)


  • 2 quarts of strawberries
  • 6T sugar


  1. Hull and slice up the strawberries and smash about 1/3 of them with a pastry cutter.
  2. Mix smashed strawberries, sliced strawberries, and sugar together and let them hang out with each other for 30 minutes before serving.

When the shortcakes are cool enough, slice them in half, throw some of that spiked whipped cream on them, add some strawberries, put the top half back on, and drizzle it with some of that tasty, tasty whiskey sauce. Separately, the shortcake, whipped cream, and sauce might seem heavy and overwhelming, but put together (especially with the lightness of the strawberries) they create a dessert that is balanced, layered, and unbelievably good.



Irish Cake Balls 2: The Secret of the Booze

I know, I know, these sound vaguely familiar to you. As well they should. Back before I was a regular recipe contributor for Foodbeast, the boys posted a pic of my first attempt of these three-sheets treats.

So you may be thinking, “Yea, yea. Been there. Done that.” Well, let me put it in perspective for you. You know how much you love yourself some KFC Original Recipe? Well, remember when they came out with extra-crispy? Yea, it’s like that.

I didn’t want to be the only one to benefit from the improvements in both the execution and the result of this recipe, so I’m sharing the new developments with you:

Irish Cake Balls


– Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake mix (and the necessary oil and eggs)
– Guinness Extra Stout (as a substitute for the water)
– 1 stick of butter, softened
– 3 3/4c powdered sugar, sifted
– 4T (or more) Bailey’s Irish Creme
– 2t (or more) Jameson
– white chocolate baking bark


1. Bake cake as directed substituting Guinness for water.
2. After cake has cooled completely, demolish it into crumbs in a biiiiiig bowl.
3. Throw (or gently add—powdered sugar probably shouldn’t be thrown) the next four ingredients together in an electric mixer and beat until fluffy. You’ll have to do several taste tests to determine the right amount of Bailey’s and whiskey for your palate.
4. Mix the frosting into the cake crumbles until awesome. Then scoop into balls with your always helpful 2t cookie scoop (I suggest a heaping scoop).
5. Let the balls chill in the fridge/freezer for a bit, then melt the baking bark and coat away.

In my previous recipe, I said that any old chocolate cake mix would do; however, Dark Chocolate Fudge cake mix is the way to go. It has a strong enough chocolate flavor to balance out the pervasive stoutiness of the Guinness.

Also, before I just added Bailey’s to a can of frosting (and dipped the cake balls into a whiskey syrup that made the chocolate coating seize up). Lame. Lame. Lame.

Making your own icing is imperative. Basically, I just took a classic butter cream frosting and substituted Bailey’s for milk and Jameson for vanilla.

These are booze-riddled balls of bliss that you can’t pass up (even though you may pass out)!

P.S. Did you catch the awesomely clever TMNT2 reference in the title? Go Ninja, go ninja, go!

For more out-there recipes and witty word play (and let’s not forget my humble disposition), check out The Cereal Baker.

Cravings Sweets

Irish Car Bomb/Spaghetti & Meat Ball Cupcakes

Cupcakes have been upgraded to a whole new level! Who would have thought that  Irish Car Bombs and Spaghetti & Meat Balls would ever find room on the same plate? Let alone the same cupcake!  The Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes are made with Guinness beer, Irish whiskey and Bailey’s Irish Cream! The Spaghetti & Meat Ball Cupcakes are made with Ferro Rocher chocolates topped with jelly and chocolate shavings! I hope Santa drops a few of these off  for Christmas this year, my adress hasn’t changed! (Thx Michelle)