How many pints of Guinness are consumed on St. Patrick's Day worldwide?

Guinness is a popular drink that many people enjoy on St. Patrick's Day. Some might even say it is the most popular St. Pattie's Day bevvie.

A pint of Guinness in a Guiness pint glass
G-U-I-N-N-E-S-S GUINNESS! | Photo Credit to Erik Jacobson

If Guinness is the gold standard for the beer drinking holiday, then Green Beer would take the silver medal in follow up.

According to the data, over 13 million pints of Guinness are (responsibly?) enjoyed worldwide on March 17th every year. That is a ton of pints. In fact, it is 6,784 tons to be exact, as 16 fluid ounces weighs .0432 more than 1 pound. How many cups are in those pints?.

That's also assuming we are using a pint as measured in the United States. An Imperial pint would change that data in ways we are too lazy to calculate at the moment. But the metric system? Shhh.

How to draw the Guinness Shamrock

Where in the U.S. will people drink the most Guinness on St. Patrick's Day?

Presumably in New England. Interestingly enough, over 20% of Massachusetts and New Hampshire have Irish ancestry. That's not a small amount.

St. Pattie's is one of the few days a year where we can relax the rules on the faux war that craft beer lovers are fighting against Big Beverage. That's it, it's just one day in the middle of March that folks can come together, throw on a green t-shirt, and hoist a few tasty beers (the data suggests it will be a Guinness) together in enjoyment.

Speaking of Massachusetts, Bay State local band, Big Bad Bollocks wrote a song about Guinness. It's outstanding. We'll just leave it here for your enjoyment.

Where in the world will people drink the most Guinness on St. Patrick's Day?

Ireland. Full stop. Guinness is the most popular beer in the country that produces it. Sláinte!

Other St. Patrick's Day Facts

  • People spend $40+ partying on average
  • 30% of people plan some sort of celebration
  • 15% will attend a St. Patrick's Day parade
  • 174% more beer is sold than the average day
  • 153% more booze/spirits are sold than the average day
  • The first St. Patrick's Day parade took place in the United States, in a town called St. Augustine in Florida. Gotta be honest, reallllllly thought that that answer was going to be Boston.

St. Patrick's Day Party Appetizers

You know, for those that might be interested in eating whilst they drink a draught.

  • Corned beef and cabbage sliders
  • Deviled Eggs
  • Guinness Dubliner Dip
  • Irish Nachos (carbs!)
  • Mini Beef & Guinness Pies
  • Shamrock-shaped Cupcakes
  • Soda Bread Pudding


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