Guinness in Ireland
Something about Ireland makes you want to order a Guinness. And everyone does. Maybe it’s the thick, history-laden air. Maybe it’s the dark, looming clouds. Or maybe it’s the fact that you can’t get away from it, as every building, even castles, has the requisite sign out front: Guinness on Tap. Whatever it is, Arthur Guinness got it right when he signed a 9,000-year lease on his St. James’s Gate Brewery in 1759. It now pumps out more than 3 million delicious pints per day. “Sláinte!”
At its Best: You must drink Guinness in dark pubs with live tin whistles, button accordions and bodhráns as a soundtrack. And you must dance. Even better, do an Irish jig without spilling. Conquer this and consider yourself truly Irish.
You’re a Tourist if You: Ask for a chilled glass. Guinness in Ireland is served room temperature. An even worse offense is if you take your time drinking it. This chocolate milk of beers (at 210 calories a pint, it’s actually lighter than Budweiser) isn’t going to get any colder sitting in front of you in the damp Irish air, but letting it sit there will make you stand out in the pub crowd.
By Ashley Fraxedas