Nearly 60,000 people have pledged to drink a Guinness this St. Patrick’s Day, to help set a world record for the World’s Largest St. Patty’s Party. (Get in on it here. and use the reference code BACH.)
Some of you have been asking where you can find a bar or pub serving Guinness. Well I’m here to help. Head over to Guinness’ Facebook page, and use their Pub Finder. Just enter in your zip code, and it’ll hit you with a map listing the closest bars that’ll be happy to pour you a pint.
You can even see “pint ratings” and leave a rating of your own. (Should your bartender not pour it perfectly.)
While we’re talking about pouring pints, our friend and Guinness Master Brewer, Fergal Murray, also has some ideas on how you should drink that pint.
First he recommends a temp of 38-44 degrees F. “Chilled, but not over chilled,” he says, adding, “No one drinks warm beer anymore.”
Next he strongly advises standing like a man when enjoying a pint. “Own your space, hold your ground and be a confident man,” Murray says. “Then breathe in and don’t look down. That’s bad manners. You should always look at the horizon.”
Arm position is apparently critically important to drinking a pint too. Murray says to keep your elbow up as you tilt the glass, never elbow down. That would cause you to drink the head, which is huge no-no according to Murray.
“You want to pull the liquid through the head,” he advises. “In order to fully enjoy the roasted barley and extra hops, you should have the same size head in the bottom of the glass as when you started, cream to the end.”
At that point the glass should be “fully laced” with rings showing the number of sips you took when enjoying your pint. Think of it as a record of your journey to the bottom of the glass.
What about having a green beer on St. Patty’s Day? With a sigh Murray says, “God help us…” And I’ll drink to that.