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Seven Rules for Pouring a Guinness


It's St. Patrick's Day, and that means it's time for a beer. Not just any beer, but a Guinness: the popular Irish dry stout known for its Dublin roots. But, there's more to serving this brew than just pulling a tap. In fact, there are seven rules that must be followed to get it right.

  1. Use an imperial or tulip pint glass.
  2. Hold the glass at a 45 degree angle.
  3. Pull the tap backward during the initial pour.
  4. Fill up 80 percent of the glass.
  5. Let the beer sit for 119.5 seconds — not 119, not 120; 119.5.
  6. For the second pour, push the tap forward.
  7. Continue to pour in a circular motion to evenly dispense the foam.

Once all of that's done, relax and enjoy your tasty beverage. Watch and learn exactly how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness in the video above.

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