another shameless product endorsement...

"There is an ancient Celtic axiom that says 'Good people drink good beer.' Which is true, then as now. Just look around you in any public barroom and you will quickly see: Bad people drink bad beer. Think about it." -- Hunter S. Thompson

Anyone who knows me knows that Guinness Extra Stout is a deep dark ray of sunshine for me. It is a shame that most beer patrons want their beer cold and they want it fast. Everyone has heard about Guinness and the "perfect pint" never really understanding the meaning behind the phrase.

The Perfect Pint
Here, for your consideration, is one method to attain the perfect pint of Guinness...
The first requirement is an imperial pint (20oz) glass. The glass should be clean, dry, and room temperature. In no circumstances use a chilled glass, or one that has not been cleaned properly. NOTE: a properly prepared glass will exhibit excellent ring-sustaining features.
Next, make sure the dispensing equipment is in proper working order. Taps and lines should be cleaned once per week at a minimum. The 50 liter (13.2 gallons) keg of Guinness should be stored between 38 to 46 degrees Fahrenheit, and served between 42 to 48 degrees Fahrenheit. Guinness should be dispensed by a gas mixture of 75% nitrogen and 25% carbon dioxide at a pressure of 30 pounds per square inch, so as to produce the creamy head. Finally, in preparation, one must have the proper Guinness tap and spout. You are now ready to pull the perfect pint.
Herein is explained the legendary "two-part pour."
Hold the glass at a 45 degree angle close to the spout to prevent large bubbles from forming in the head. Pull the tap fully open and fill the glass 75 percent full.
Allow the stout to settle completely before filling the rest of the glass. The creamy head will separate from the dark body.
To top off the pint, push the tap forward slightly until the head rises just proud of the rim. Never allow the stout to overflow or run down the glass.
Now that you have pulled the perfect pint, enjoy it. Examine the rich, ruby black color of the body. Smell the creamy white head. Now take a large mouthful. Do not, under any circumstances, sip, as sipping ruins the majestic nature of the stout. When you have finished, notice the rings left on the inside of the glass. Also, notice it is empty. Enjoy another glass as you ponder the meaning of life.


Lost said…
So what do you think of the canned version? I, personally, am not a beer fan but according to my ex, that little widget in the can makes an excellent when poured. What do you think?
Tim said…
Yes, Lost.....if you purchase it in cans where there is a high volume of sales, ie; the guinness is fresh, it is very good. Not as good as on tap, but close. The widget DOES make all the difference!
By the way....nice to hear from you. I have been almost too busy to leave comments but I do read my blog buddies! Be well!!!
91ghost said…
Tim said…
No - No....Although Murphy's stout is good, it's a little more on the sweet and chocolate side of the stout family. I have observed that those who also enjoy a good scotch although prefer it is a taste and an enjoyment of the subtlety of things; like getting to know a woman...her smell, her deep thoughts, what she tastes like. Ah, it's the little things in life 91Ghost. Do NOT forget that!!!!