Pouring a Perfect Pint in Dublin

One of the highlights I experienced on a past travel writers trip to Dublin was a visit to the Guinness Storehouse, where an expert gave me a detailed demonstration in the are of pouring a perfect pint. Guinness is a renowned Irish beer, and known throughout the world. At the Guinness Storehouse there is a well done museum on the history of Guinness, a great shop to buy fun items to take home, and a special section in the museum where visitors, including me, were allowed to experience how to pour a perfect pint, and received a diploma to take home.

The glass observatory bar on the top of Guinness Storehouse is a fantastic venue that offers the ultimate sunset view of Dublin, while enjoying Irish inspired small plates and delicious local cheese with Guinness or your favorite cocktail. This is absolutely a destination not to miss when in Dublin.

The Guinness Technique for pouring a perfect pint is as follows: Pick up a Guinness pint glass (16 ounces) and hold it just under the Golden Harp (The Symbol for Guinness since 1759). Hold it under the nozzle in a tipped position as you would when pouring champagne into a flute and then pull down on the nozzle until the pint is filled just to the top of the Golden Harp. Then set the pint on the bar to rest, which gives it balance and the nitrogen is calmed. Next hold the pint just underneath the Golden Harp and push the nozzle away away from you to get just beer and no more gas in the pint. You should now have a beautiful foam on top ,and you have successfully poured a 'Perfect Pint' with a rim to be proud of, and you're ready to make a true Irish toast. Slainte! Visit for additional information.

Enjoy An Irish Toast:

"May the luck of the Irish
Lead to happiest heights
And the highway you travel
Be lined with green lights.
Wherever you go and whatever you do,
May the luck of the Irish be there with you

By Bonnie Carroll

About Bonnie Carroll
Bonnie Carroll has been a food/travel/lifestyle writer since 1983. She is the founder & publisher of Bonnie Carroll's Life Bites News -, does travel and food reporting on KZSB1290 radio, and contributes to a variety of national and international travel/lifestyle publications. Her first children's book C.C. Charles was published in 2002 and she is currently working on a second book. Contact her at Contact her at


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