I am now a GUINNESS BELIEVER.
About a month ago, The BF and I attended a private tasting event for Guinness. I thought it would only be appropriate to let you all know about it on this Irish holiday that is celebrated in America–with lots of BEER!
The event was held at a small business space in downtown San Diego. We were asked to be there 30 minutes early.. Of course, we were there with bells on – ready!
When we entered, there was a welcoming sign and we were immediately given a token. The token was to exchange for a pint of Guinness (duh) or you were able to take it to the “pour your own pint” station and do it yourself. We opted out of the “pour your own” because the line was ridiculous.
Throughout the night, there were old-time Guinness advertisements cycling on the wall.
About 20 minutes in, a gentleman came on the mic and basically talked about how awesome his job is.. Really though–he travels around the US, drinks Guinness, and talks to people about beer. (Sign me up!!)
He talked about the history of Guinness–it started back in 1759!!! Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000-year lease on an unused brewery at St. James’s Gate, Dublin. It costed him about $147 US dollars. (Could you imagine?!)
There was a contest to see who could do the PERFECT pour. I didn’t get chosen to go up, but did you know the PERFECT GUINNESS pour takes exactly 119.5 seconds??
-Tilt it 45 degrees, fill it 2/3.. Wait for it to settle.. Top off the glass!
There was an Instagram contest. We had to hashtag #guinnessbeliever and the winner would receive a t-shirt. The BF wanted to do a sequenced pic of me drinking..
Then put it together….
Unfortunately, we didn’t know there was a cut-off time.. and didn’t win. wa-wa… 😦
After our pint was dry (fairly quickly), we were given a taster of the new Guinness Lager.
Verdict? I AM A FAN! I loved it and plan to purchase some for my own. (excuse the bad lighting in the pic)..
We learned a couple recipes using Guinness:::
*Half Guinness, Half Harp
*Half Guinness, Half Smithwicks
Overall, we had a GREAT night and I am planning to “paint the town black” today!
Question: Guinness Believer? Or no?
Honestly, I wasn’t before this tasting! I never ordered it when we were out.. Now, I enjoy it. 🙂