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The Daily Telegraph

Published:  23 July, 2008

JONATHAN RAY's love affair with Guinness goes back a long time. When Ray was suffering from glandular fever aged 19, his mother dashed to the chemist, while his father simply called Oddbins for 24 cans of the black stuff to be delivered to his son's bedside. During a trip to Guinness's St James's Gate brewery in Dublin, Ray learns that there are, in fact, 20 different types of Guinness, including Guinness Extra Smooth (only available in Ghana), and Guinness Extra Special (only in Belgium). And brewmaster Fergal Murray finally dispels the rumour that Irish Guinness is better than its UK counterpart: 'It's a complete myth. They taste exactly the same, although for some historical reason, the Irish version is 4.2%, while the English one is 4.1%.'