How to Pull The Perfect Pint

Posted by Madeline M on the 4th of May 2012 at 13:41:17

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When my parents came to visit me in Dublin, we went to the Arlington Hotel’s Restaurant Legends Bar in Temple Bar to see the show with Irish live music and Irish Dancing and we sat at the table “pull your own pint”. I knew how it worked because last summer I worked in a campground where I was often the barmaid but my parents had no idea of how to pull a pint, so it made me think of writing a little something on “How to Pull the Perfect Pint”.

I read a lot of things about pouring beer, a lot of things matter: the beer type, the glass, the temperature and the glass angle.

Here is the way of pulling two different beers: Lager and Stout.

• Lager Use a clean glass. A dirty glass, containing oils, dirt or residuals from a previous beer, may inhibit head creation and flavours. Hold your glass at a 45° angle. Pour the beer, targeting the middle of the slope of the glass. Don’t be afraid to pour hard or add some air between the bottle and glass. At the half-way point bring the glass at a 90° angle and continue to pour in the middle of the glass. This will induce the perfect foam head. And remember, having a head on a beer is a good thing. It releases the beer’s aromatics and adds to the overall presentation. You may also want to gradually add distance between the bottle and glass as you pour, to also inspire a good head. An ideal head should be 1" to 1-1/2".

• Stout The first requirement is an imperial pint (20oz) glass. The glass should be clean, dry, and room temperature. In no circumstances use a chilled glass, or one that has not been cleaned properly. NOTE: a properly prepared glass will exhibit excellent ring-sustaining features. Hold the glass at a 45 degree angle close to the spout to prevent large bubbles from forming in the head. Pull the tap fully open and fill the glass 75 percent full. Allow the stout to settle completely before filling the rest of the glass. The creamy head will separate from the dark body. To top off the pint, push the tap forward slightly until the head rises just proud of the rim. Never allow the stout to overflow or run down the glass.

Hope that helps!

Guinness is said to be the easiest beer to pour. Tried and Approved.

Look at this mouth-watering video of pouring a Guinness and perhaps include a trip to the Guinness Storehouse on your next trip to Dublin! Read about some more things to do in Dublin with our blog!


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