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Six-pack of Guinness for Cameron

Taoiseach Enda Kenny (left) and Prime Minister David Cameron walk through a service tunnel at the Guinness Brewery in Dublin
Taoiseach Enda Kenny (left) and Prime Minister David Cameron walk through a service tunnel at the Guinness Brewery in Dublin

A special six-pack of Guinness could be winging its way to Downing Street to commemorate David Cameron's visit to the famed brewery.

A brew was launched at the St James' Gate site in Dublin to coincide with the tour by the prime minister, which will be complete and ready to go on sale in about nine days.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who accompanied the prime minister on the tour and will also get a sample, quipped whether it would be named the "Cameron Brew".

Colin O'Brien, operations manager, said the two leaders were likely to get some cans.

He said: "It's a standard Guinness brew but what we will do is track that through the process and make sure that we bring it through, package it and make sure the Taoiseach and the prime minister get some of that to taste, so they can have the beer that they launched."

Mr Cameron - on his first official trip to Ireland since taking power - toured the fermentation plant before moving on to the brewhouse control room, which he compared to the Starship Enterprise.

St James' Gate brewery has been home to the famous brand since 1759 and is Ireland's number one visitor attraction. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh also visited the site on Wednesday and were instructed on pouring the perfect pint at the Gravity Bar, which gives panoramic views of Dublin.

Mr O'Brien said Mr Cameron and Mr Kenny were fascinated by the tour. "I thought both of them were absolutely really interested in how we made the product and the people who worked on the site," he said. "They were absolutely fascinated by what was going on."

And although the prime minister did not sample a pint of the "black stuff", he did slip into philosophical form when it was revealed that only a small number of people know Guinness' secret ingredient.

"You always want to know where the real power lies," quipped Mr Cameron to the Taoiseach. "This is one of those moments you realise it's not with you."

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