Arthur’s Day @ Bulldog, Desa Sri Hartamas

It was at the recent Arthur’s Day celebrations at Bulldog, Desa Sri Hartamas, that I first learned who Arthur really was.

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And so the story goes.. it is year 1759.

Imagine a man sitting in church in Ireland with his family. He lives around the time of Ireland’s founding fathers and is a rising entrepreneur in Dublin. His name is Arthur Guinness, and he is a brewer, and it is hard to exaggerate just how important beer was to the people of Guinness’ day.

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L-R: Ciki, Evelyn & Louise.. trying to sport the white Guinness moustache but not succeeding..

Guinness lived at a time when no one understood micro-organisms and how disease is spread. They routinely drank from the same waters in which they dumped their garbage and their sewage. Unknowingly, they polluted the rivers and lakes around their cities. People died as a result, and this made nearly everyone in Guinness’ day avoid water entirely. Instead, they drank alcoholic beverages.

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fatboybakes should be the Guinness ambassador.. he’s been drinking G since the dawn of time, he says :P

Usually, this was done in moderation and all was well. Occasionally, though, excess set in and drunkenness plagued the land. This is what happened in the years just before Guinness was born, in the period historians call “The Gin Craze.” Parliament had forbidden the importation of liquor in 1689, so the people of Ireland and Britain began making their own. It was too much temptation. Drunkenness became the rage. Every sixth house in England was a “gin house,” many of which advertised, “Drunk for one penny, dead drunk for two pence, clean straw for nothing.” It was a terrible, poverty-ridden, crime-infested time.

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To help heal their tortured society, some turned to brewing beer. It was lower in alcohol, it was safe—the process of brewing and the alcohol that resulted killed the germs that made water dangerous—and it was nutritious in ways scientists are only now beginning to understand. Monks brewed it, evangelicals brewed it and aspiring young entrepreneurs like Guinness brewed it. And they were respected and honored for their good works. (extracted from relevantmagazine [dot] com – The Story of God and Guinness).

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louise and evelyn jamming the evening away :P

Anyway, it was a terrific party that Guinness held at Bulldog, last weekend. If you would like to join in the fun, drinks and games, try stalking these joints:

• 13th September 2012 ~ Malones, Sooka Sentral
• 16th September 2012 ~ Sid’s Pub, TTDI
• 21st September 2012 ~ Dirty Nelly’s, KL Live
• 27th September 2012 ~ Backyard Pub, Sri Hartamas
• 28th September 2012 ~ Beer Factory, Sunway Giza
• 28th September 2012 ~ SOULed OUT, Sri Hartamas
• 28th September 2012 ~ Laundry, The Curve
There are also over 11,000 bars and pubs nationwide who are participating in the Arthur’s Day 2012 promotions ending on 30th September 2012. A special price every Thursday in the month of September at over 600 parties at more than 175 selected outlets until 30th September 2012 too.

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At Bulldog that night, 3 bands performed their gig for us. Each year, several up and coming local bands compete to perform at the international level. A total of six local bands will be battling it out for the chance to open for Creed at the Arthur’s Day concert in Indonesia later this year, and out of the three, I thought two were pretty good;)

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Pub grub at the Bulldog – chicken wings

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Nancho’s

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Bulldog pork platter

For more information on Guinness Arthur’s Day, check out:
www.facebook.com/Guinnessmalaysia
All photos courtesy of my pal, missyblurkit. Check out her website for more cool shots and posts!
Add:
Bulldog
31, Jalan Sri Hartamas 7
Taman Sri Hartamas
Kuala Lumpur
T: +603 6201 4484
www.bulldog.com.my

Comments

  1. Thanks for the connection – I’ve always wondered, “why Arthur?”
    :-)

  2. My dad loved Arthur Guinness very much, but I still don’t know how to appreciate it yet, hehehehe. :P

  3. i must admit i haven’t learned to appreciate guinness yet, but maybe hopefully someday! it tastes a little too heavy for me, i think, as far as liquors go. i can only finish a few sips before i feel full! :D

  4. Its amazingly yummeh! To Arthur!

  5. i still dunno how to appreciate this dark guiness…well hope I can accept the flavor one day…

  6. thanks ciki!!

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