How to Pour a Proper Pint of Guinness
June 11, 2019
Step 1: Choose the Right Glass and Proper Angle.Choose a clean pint glass. Tilt the glass away from you at a 45-degree angle. If the glass isn't properly tilted the Guinness will froth and may take a while to settle Step 2: Pull the Tap Toward You.To create the perfect pour; fill it up halfway. Then allow it to sit and watch the vivid distinction between the dark ruby-red body and creamy white head. This may take a few minutes so just sit back and relax.Step 3: Hold It Level.Once it’s settled, put your Guinness up to the tap and hold it level. (You want a dome effect when you top it off, so skip the 45-degree angle this time.) Push the tap away from you, pouring the Guinness slower. Aim directly into the middle of the foam head until it settles half a millimeter above the lip of your pint glass. Wait. A smaller, second settling period is crucial.Step 4: Sip It Right.The last and perhaps the most important step is sipping your Guinness. Hold it up to the light to marvel at the ruby-red color. Then, bring it to your lips, and sip the foam until you hit the body of the beer. Swish. Swallow. Bottom’s up.But if you can’t resist having an Irish bartender pour you a pint, remember this cardinal Guinness-drinking rule: Paws off. Don’t touch your Guinness before the bartender hands it to you. The perfect pour takes time.