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The perfect Guinness! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Thought I would share one of my favorite blogs from years gone by! Happy St Patrick's Day!

THE PERFECT POUR.... Master brewer Fergal Murray of St. James's Gate brewery in ..Dublin..describes the process of pouring the "perfect" Guinness pint. The pour should take 119.5 seconds. No more, no less.....

1. The Glass.... Firmly grasp a clean, dry pint glass.....

2. The 45-degree Angle.... Hold the glass at a 45-degree angle. Grab hold of the tap.....

3. The Pour.... Pull the tap handle toward you in a smooth flow until fully open. Let the beer flow into the glass..... You'll hear a constant hiss from the tap. When three-quarters full, straighten up the glass and slowly and smoothly stop the tap.....

4. The Surge and Settle.... Set the glass down and allow the beer to settle. (Wait) Behold the cascading surge of bubbles as the nitrogen, lying dormant in the beer, come out of solution and forms a creamy head.....

5. The Top Up.... Once the liquid has settled, take the glass and, holding it straight, push the tap away from you slightly. Take the creamy head to the brim and build a crown just over the top.....

6. The Presentation & Savor (or, How to Drink a Perfect Pint of Guinness)....

Look to the horizon. Elbow up. Block the foam with the upper lip. (The foam is the bitter part. If you block that, you will have a sweeter flavor) Savor every sip.....

Source: www2.guinness.com ....

250 YEARS AGO

Arthur Guinness started brewing stout at the St. James's Gate brewery in Dublin, Ireland in 1759, having purchased a dormant brewery with money left to him in his godfather's will..... About a century later, the Guinness brewery was the world's largest, and Arthur Guinness and Sons was floated on the London Stock Exchange.....

Guinness is now owned by the company Diageo. The ....United States is Guinness' fourth largest market, behind ....Britain....,...Nigeria.... and ....Ireland....,in that order.....

The Guinness Storehouse gift shop at St. James's Gate brewery opened in 2000 and is now Ireland's leading tourist site, welcoming more than 750,000 visitors a year.....

Source: Guinness, Diageo....

FAQs....

Why is Guinness black?

It's not. According to the company, it's a dark ruby red. The reason is the way its ingredients are prepared (the recipe is secret)..... Some of the barley is roasted (in a similar way to coffee beans) to give the stout its dark color and characteristic malty, caramel taste.....

What are the main ingredients?

Roasted, malted barley (Irish-grown), hops, yeast and water. Despite the myths, the water doesn't come from the River Liffey in ....Dublin.........

Why is the head of a draft of Guinness creamy white? ....

The creamy white head is created from the "initiation" and "surging" of bubbles of nitrogen and carbon dioxide gas as the beer is poured. It's actually the nitrogen that causes the dense, white creamy head.....

What is the alcohol content and caloric count of Guinness? ....

Guinness is 4 percent alcohol and has 125 calories per 12 ounces.....

How much Guinness is sold worldwide? ....

More than 10 million glasses of Guinness stout are sold each day worldwide. That's about 1.8 billion pints a year.....

Source: Guinness, Diageo, John Monsees....

CHEERS!

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