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How to properly pour Guinness from a can

On St. Patrick’s Day, skip the crowds and pour a perfect pint at home. But make sure you get the technique down pat.


 

If you’re not going out to a pub to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, you may find yourself pouring a celebratory pint of Guinness at home. But how do you pour this famed stout correctly from a can? On draft, the perfect pour is part theatre, paired with the famous six-stage technique (Guinness master brewer Fergal Murray explains the perfect pour here), but the canned product is a bit different. Each can contains a nitrogen-filled widget, and when you crack open a chilled can the capsule releases a surge of bubbles, simulating a draft pint.

So how do you do it? Start with a chilled can and a clean pint glass (bonus points to those with proper Guinness glasses). Open your can on a flat surface, waiting roughly 5 seconds to pour (allowing the nitrogen time to surge into your beer). Now, tilting the glass at a 45 degree angle, begin your pour. When the stout is about 2 inches from the rim, straighten the glass and finish your pour. This will create the famously creamy Guinness head.

The proper pouring technique will help you avoid embarrassment in front of Guinness sticklers. And it’ll help you avoid the fate of Vancouver eatery Railtown Cafe, which published this St. Patrick’s Day promotion that was roundly mocked online:

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—with files from Maclean’s staff


 

How to properly pour Guinness from a can

  1. The biggest problem with this ‘fake advertising’ is that this bad, very bad pub is commandeering whole streets for itself.
    As one commentator said:
    “I don’t care about the pour as much as the Railtown using up all the parking around their building and reserving their public street parking with cones. There are limited parking spots on the street, they can park behind their building.”
    Shame. What are the Vancouver Police, a short 2 blocks away doing about
    this seizure of public streets.
    Time to call “Time” on this pub and close its doors. Patronizing Hootsuite Hipsters Out!
    Railway Club Out!