Guinness Yeast Extract

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Guinness Yeast Extract, commonly known by its initials GYE, was an Irish savoury spread, made from yeast extract. It was a by-product of the Guinness beer brewing process and produced by Arthur Guinness Son & Co., Dublin. The product was launched in Ireland on 2 November, 1936[1][2][3] and discontinued in 1968.[1][4]


In addition to spreading on toast or bread, one or two level teaspoonfuls added to each quart of soup enriched the flavour while enhancing the nutritional value, it could also be used as an emergency gravy without any addition except hot water for diluting. It was used to strengthen normal gravy, and flavour stews and dishes containing minced meat. A half a teaspoonful added to a glass of hot water or hot milk produced a drink consumed at elevenses, teatime, and as a nightcap.[5]

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In February 2007 Marmite produced a limited edition Guinness Marmite of 300,000 250g jars of their yeast extract with 30% Guinness yeast.[6]

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  1. ^ a b "GYE (Guinness Yeast Extract)". Guinness Collectors Club. Retrieved 2011-07-25.
  2. ^ The Statist: a journal of practical finance and trade: Volume 128. London, 1936. p646
  3. ^ Hall, Maggie. Mish-Mash of MARMITE: A-Z of Tar-in-a-Jar. BeWrite Books. ISBN 9781927086988. (Unpaged)
  4. ^ "The Nutrition Of Guinness Yeast Extract". Livestrong.Com. Retrieved 2011-07-25.
  5. ^ "GYE advertising leaflet". Guinness Collectors Club. Retrieved 2011-07-25.
  6. ^ Guinness Marmite at The Foodie List