The other night, I went to meet an old friend from high school at the Bellport Chowder House. You can imagine my surprise when I found out they had Guinness on tap! I've been to several bars on Long Island, and have found Guinness on tap maybe once. I was stoked!
My history with Guinness goes back to when I was a sophomore in college. (Yes, I was 19 and underage. Sorry.) I was cast in a play about Ireland, Dancing at Lughnasa (by Brian Friel), and we would go to Friday's after rehearsal to unwind. Well, one of my co-stars in the play, Luke, introduced me to THE beer of Ireland. Many people don't like Guinness right away, but it was love at first sip for me.
The beer is very, very dark and rather thick with a creamy head. It's called stout, which basically means that it's not as light as an amber beer, such as Harp or virtually all of the U.S. Domestics (Sam Adams, Bud, etc.) you can get on tap. You don't chug Guinness the way you would the Beast (Milwaukee's Best) or a Bud. It's not a cheap beer, either-- about $4.50 per pint.
I honestly don't believe that the canned or bottled Guinness can compare to what you get on tap However, make sure your bartender knows exactly how to pour a Guinness! A proper Guinness should take 5 minutes to pour. You can't just pour it straight in the glass. Trust me, I'm a bartender. What you do, whether you're pouring your Guinness into a glass from the tap, bottle, or can, it tilt your glass 90 degrees. Let the Guinness hit the inside of the glass, then slowly turn your glass upright. by pouring this way, you should achieve about 1/2 an inch of the creamy head.
Guinness is an acquired taste. Not to be sexist, but many women don't like Guinness. (Don't ask me why-- I love it.) A lot of men don't care for it, either, but more women than men refuse to drink it. I'm the only girl out of all my friends that drink it voluntarily.
If you don't like dark, rich, stout beer, then don't try Guinness. However, if you'd like to venture into the world of Irish brew, then Guinness should be your first stop.
Pros: Rich, Thick, Creamy, Excellent Flavor Cons: An acquired taste, Expensive for beer The other night, I went to meet an old friend from high school at the Bellport Chowder House. You can imagine my surprise when I found out they had Guinness on tap! I've been to several bars on Long Island, and have found Guinness on tap maybe once. I was stoked! My history with Guinness goes back to when I was a sophomore in college. (Yes, … more
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