Never. Drinking. Guinness. Again.

Now that’s a title to start off my first post back from the country of Ireland.  I know you’re all thinking, “Had a few too many there, didn’t you old boy?”  No, it’s not that.  “Drank too much of it and don’t want to be sick of it?”  Nope, not that either.  I think we have all heard that Guinness just tastes better over in Ireland, but most of us consider this to be some tourism induced euphoria.  Well, I’m here to quash that because I made it my unofficial job to sample as much of the magic ruby black liquid as possible from all sources (say 30-40).

I have always considered Guinness in America to be light and creamy at the top with a nice hint of roasted chocolate and coffee and a dry finish.  The dry finish was supposedly the product of some barrel aging or simply a quality of the style being that Guinness is a “dry” stout.  Well, in Ireland that dryness does not exist.  The beer is not only creamy at the top, it feels like you are drinking velvet.  The roasted dark chocolate flavors just explode and the beer doesn’t fill you up.  Ireland lacks a robust beer lineup and actually serves a lot of Coors Light and Bud.  From what I can gather, this is a package deal that allows Guinness to distribute so widely in America.  The tap lists were exactly what you would have expected  but I desired nothing but that perfect 119.5 second Guinness.  Most bartenders agree that this beer does not travel well.  I’m not exactly sure how the flavor changes but Guinness isn’t very hoppy or high in alcohol content, which would aid in preservation.  One man cheekily asked if bars in America know how to clean the lines of the Guinness taps they pour from.  Having seen bartenders pour Guinness in a pint glass without letting it settle, I was forced not to comment.

“That’s a good breakfast”

Please gaze at the B-E-A-U-tiful new Guinness Pint glasses.  The glass now has indentations at the front and back that are in the shape of a harp.  This design extends up the entire glass.  The front of the glass has the Guinness logo and opposite that there is a large glass engraving of the Guinness harp.

Anyway this will be the first post of many as I recover from jet lag, but I’ll leave you with this gorgeous view of the city of Dublin from the Gravity bar at the top of the Guinness brewery.

Yes, a non-cloudy day in Ireland. Who would have guessed?

Cheers (few people said Slainte)!

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