There’s nothing like a Guinness.

Here is our second pour of the week. This one features the “There’s nothing like a Guinness” glass. In all honesty this one is a little flat. Settled a bit too quickly. But look at that glass! That glass is pretty cool!


One Response to “There’s nothing like a Guinness.”

  1. Terry Sunday says:

    If you ask anyone remotely familiar with beer to name a “stout,” the chances are pretty good that they’ll answer “Guinness.” For 250 years, Guinness has been one of the best-known, popular and quintessential symbols of Irish culture throughout the world. Although it’s actually a “light” beer in terms of strength–it’s less than 4.5 percent alcohol by volume, about the same as Bud Light–Guinness has earned an undeserved reputation among the uninitiated for being strong and bitter. It’s really not. A reputation that it DOES deserve is that of being known and enjoyed in almost every country in the world. “Guinness: Celebrating 250 Remarkable Years” illustrates the global phenomenon of this outstanding dry Irish stout (the epitome of the style, it’s not black–it’s actually a deep ruby red) in a most informative, enjoyable and entertaining way.

    This slim volume packs hundreds of black-and-white and color pictures and brief but relevant text passages into its 128 pages. There are four main sections. First, “The Story of Guinness” tells the history of the Dublin company from its founding in 1759 by Arthur Guinness at the St. James Gate brewery up to the present. Then “The Beer” covers nearly everything you’d ever want to know about Guinness. You’ll find out exactly how its made, discover its several different variants (Draft, Extra Stout, Foreign Extra Stout, etc.), and even learn the proper technique for pouring the perfect pint (it should take 119.5 seconds) in a stunningly photographed sequence of steps. “The Ads” is an almost purely visual chapter, reproducing more than 50 Guinness print advertisements that have run over the years. Here you’ll find examples of the “Guinness is good for you,” “Guinness for strength” and “My goodness, my Guinness” campaigns, as well as many others. The final section, “The Food,” contains 18 recipes for appetizers, soups, main courses and desserts, all with a common ingredient–a cup or two (or more) of Guinness. The exquisite photos alone will make you salivate. Imagine the gustatory pleasure you’ll have when you whip up some Galway oyster bisque, sausages with Guinness gravy and colcannon, and even Guinness caraway bread. All served with a pint, of course.

    So, if you can’t make a pilgrimage to the Visitor Center at the St. James Gate brewery any time soon, reading “Guinness: Celebrating 250 Remarkable Years” while enjoying a perfect pint may be the next best thing. Cheers!