former Technical Superintendent, South Australian Brewery Ltd
Fellow, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
former vice-president Institute of Brewing and Distilling, Asia Pacific Section

Two aspects of Rod Smith’s work provide important additions to the recorded history of the brewing industry in Australia and New Zealand. They are the account of the successes, trials, tribulations and complicated dealings that marked the importation and distribution of various styles of Guinness in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and secondly, Rod’s detailed examination of the ‘ups and downs’ of Guinness brewing in the two countries from the early 1960s to the present day.

It is most opportune that these stories are recorded now, at a time when the brewing industry generally is subject to the increasing influence of giant global companies but, at the same time, is being enhanced by the impact of a growing smaller craft brewing sector. I am equally certain that Rod’s detailed treatment of the personal family stories has produced a very readable family history and commend his decision to combine a family saga with a fascinating account of the role the Guinness family and its famous Dublin stout have played for so long in Australia and New Zealand.

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