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How to Pour a Pint of Guinness?

Updated on June 15, 2016

Yes, they are pouring it wrong

On moving to the United States from the grand place of Ireland, I noticed that the selection of beer here, apart from a few local brews, is almost identical. Guinness is quite a popular choice. However, there is one point that all of the fine men and women here seem to be missing. Every time they fork over their hard earned coppers for a pint of nice icy cold Guinness, they are quite frankly, being served served wrong. And that leaves a bitter taste in my mouth, quite literally.

Next time you're at a bar, this might make for some conversation. And you might find that the bar man will even be surprised, as if this is news to him. The correct way to pour a Guinness is as follows.

Patience is the Key

1. Hold the glass beneath the tap at a 45 degree angle

2.Pull the tap handle toward you until the glass is approximately 3/4 full.

3. Most importantly! Leave the drink to settle for approximately 2 minutes, on a flat surface. Some people are quite particular about this exact time frame, and say that it does effect the quality of the taste. I for one agree.

4. You can now commence filling the rest of the pint.


If someone serves you anything different, you may as well have purchased a stomach ache. If you don't believe me do some research. There is not one bar in Ireland that will give you anything less :)


Enjoy your perfect pint of stout responsibly.

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      Lee Cloak 2 years ago

      Very important hub, great to see, iam going to go for a pint right now!

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      cfin 3 years ago from The World we live in

      @ John,

      NEVER!

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      John Holden 3 years ago

      And don't ever, ever, ever drink Guinness from a can!

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      tastiger04 4 years ago

      Agreed! A Guinness tastes best when it is properly poured! Great idea for a hub, voted up and useful! Cheers :)

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      tastiger04 4 years ago

      Great hub, and yes, it is important to get this info out there! Nothing tastes better than a Guinness poured correctly

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      cfin 5 years ago from The World we live in

      @Rickcombe. It is indeed the most important part. If its draught from the tap, ther has to be a 2 minute wait. I think it's actually 119 seconds to be exact. And it makes a major difference to your ability to finish the night with decent digestion, let alone the huge variation in taste. Also try Murphy's stout and beamish stout if you are an enthusiast.

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      rick combe 5 years ago from USA

      I knew about the proper angle, but I will have to try the two minute thing the next time I have one.