Guinness is one of those drinks that can be unbelievable if done correctly or horrible if not. If you are cautious about your Guinness drinking and want to ensure you get a perfect pint every time you go out, look out for the following signs.
1. Loads of people in the pub are drinking it
When you walk into the pub, have a look around. Guinness is one of the most popular drinks in Ireland so if there are loads of people drinking Guinness, then it must be good. Plus, if the Guinness is flowing then it will be fresher as it is less likely to be sitting in a barrel for weeks.
2. The bartender recommends it
The bartender will probably not admit that the Guinness isn’t good if it is not. If they say “it is alright,” this usually means it is bad. So when you ask them if it is good, analyse their response. If they say proudly that it is good then you can be assured that you’ll get a good pint. Anything less than proud enthusiasm, don’t risk it!
3. It is poured correctly
Fergal Murray, master brewer and global brand ambassador for Guinness, outlined the how Guinness should be poured. If it is poured exactly how it is outlined below, then you could be in for a great pint.
Step 1: Take a clean, dry, branded Guinness glass. The branding on the glass is not just for decoration but will help you with your measurements.
Step 2: Hold the glass at a 45-degree angle, which will give the liquid a chance to bounce off the side of the glass so that it doesn’t create any big “frog eye” bubbles.
Step 3: With a steady, gentle flow, pull the tap towards you and aim the liquid at the harp logo. Once the liquid reaches the bottom of the harp, tilt the glass slowly upright. Once the liquid comes to the top of the harp, slowly stop pouring.
Step 4: Present the glass to the customer to observe the fourth step, the iconic surge and settle. As the nitrogen in the liquid is agitated, 300 million tiny bubbles will travel down the outer edge of the glass and back up the centre to form the creamy head. Once settled, the word “Guinness” should have black liquid behind it, and the head should be between the top and bottom of the harp.
Step 5: Holding the glass straight, push the tap away from you, which opens the valve 50 per cent less, to avoid spoiling the head. Bring the level of the head to the rim of the glass. The head should be between 18 and 20mm.
Step 6: Present the perfect pint of Guinness to your customer.
4. The white stays on the glass after the Guinness is drank
If the white head follows the drink as it goes down and stays on the glass, this is usually a good sign you’ve found a good pint.
5. The head is extremely creamy
Have a look around the bar. If the Guinness heads look very creamy, then this is usually a great sign that the Guinness is good.
6. The bartender puts a shamrock on top
A good bartender will be able to do this. If they do it, then you can be assured that they take pride in their Guinness-pouring skills and chances are, they know how to pour a good pint!