Tuesday, April 4, 2006

Deception By The Pint

Continuing the beer theme, my latest column is out. Please send it to all your friends, relatives, and lovers of Irish stout.

4 comments:

Andraste said...

THANK YOU!!

Curly said...

I'm still not convinced. I've heard several rumours recently on this topic and I've not seen any proof.

But then again I haven't been to Ireland recently, or USA.

I can confirm that the Guinness tastes better in Cardiff's Dempseys than the O'Neills.

Elisa said...

I blame that Diageo crowd who took over Guinness' a few years back. Now they're telling us how much we can drink, where we should drink. I wouldn't be surprised if they've stopped using good Wicklow water and are shipping it in from Minnesota.

blog_heb_enw said...

I agree with Curly about the Guinness being better in Dempseys than O'Neills but Chris, sorry I can't quite agree with you on the Irish Guinness. I can't quite judge as I've never had a pint in the US but there was a distinct difference in quality between UK Guinness and Irish Guinness. There's over a year since I visited a friend who was living in Dublin and we spent four solid days finding the best pint of Guinness - personaly it's between the bar at the airport (quick couple when I arrived and a quick couple before I left) and a small bar in a backstreet called Mulligan's. I have a theory - the pint in the airport was fantastic, the barmaid sterotypically Irish (long curly red hair) and very attractive, the pint was poured with care and the bar although a bit modern for my taste felt very comfortable (sport on the tv but in a coffee house setting), Mulligan's was a complete contrast, a small dirty bar(the type that only sell Guinness and Whisky and have snuff for sale behind the bar), thin and long with a succession of rooms, filled with a good mix of locals and bohemians. The pint, served by a mumbling hulk of a man was served with the utmost care (he didn't take kindly to me knocking half a pint over myself latter in the evening - but I was having trouble walking by this point). So it's all down to the experience. Cliched, maybe, but that's what made it for me. By the way, the worst pint I had while there was at the bar on top of the Guinness Brewery - surely it should have been the best.