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Pouring the Perfect Pint of Guinness

Last updated 5 years ago

For the Irish, Guinness is more than a beer—it is a way of life. There is a ritual that surrounds the drinking and pouring of Guinness, and for an authentic experience, a bartender should follow the proper steps to ensure that every customer’s pint has a full, foamy head.

A pint of Guinness should be poured into a 20-ounce tulip shaped pint glass, preferably with the company’s iconic harp logo. The shape of these glasses allows the nitrogen bubbles to form a creamy froth. Always hold the glass at a 45-degree angle, and do not allow the metal tap spigot to touch the glass or the beer itself at any point. Allow the head to settle with about an inch of space below the rim before topping off the pint to create a domed head.

When you enroll in bartender school at one of the Professional Bartending Schools of America locations, you will learn how to correctly pour Guinness, as well as mix classic and innovative cocktails. Call us today at (513) 542-3500 for more information about our courses.


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