No Guinness to be at the Celtic Festival

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Fans headed to this year’s Celtic Fest may get a surprise — No Guinness. The long tradition of serving Guinness beer at the festival will come to an end.

The event, which kicks off Friday, July 24th, will instead serve both imported and domestic beers — a first for this year. The change comes after the organization switched distributors.

A rep from the organization says they went with the new distributor because it ‘ll allow them to offer more variety their customers.

The flagship beer this year will be Murphy’s Irish Stout. I spoke with a member of the festival’s steering committee who says she has a feeling people will enjoy the new selection.

“There’s a little bit of disappointment,” Steering Committee Member Liz Willis. “I know Guinness is popular in the Dayton area, but we actually debuted these choices at the World Affair Festival at the Ireland booth and we had a great response.”

The festival is free. You can buy tickets for beer tastings on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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