Guinness announced Thursday it will build its new flagship brewery west of Dublin in the town of Leixlip – where Arthur Guinness began brewing the famed dark-brown stout in 1755, four years before moving operations to the capital.
The choice of Leixlip, though historically fitting, caught most observers by surprise. Recent Irish press speculation had focused on two other suburban Dublin locations.
The deal-clincher appeared to be that most of the brewery will be built on 50 acres (20.2 hectares) of land owned by the Guinness family. Another 23 acres (9.3 hectares) is being purchased from Kildare County Council.