Calgary home to the perfect pint

- December 12th, 2011

Guinness

With winter officially upon us, many of you, like this scoundrel, will turn to a darker, heartier beer.

For me, cold weather means the sunny days of fizzy lager are long forgotten.

And, like many of you, an easy winter stand-by is good old reliable Guinness.

But when you’re shelling out in the neighbourhood of $8-10 for the savoury stout, you want to be sure that it’s poured properly, which is key to getting a bevy that is not too bubbly, and with the perfect dense head.

While many pubs will pull a great pint, there is just one in Calgary officially certified by the company itself.

St. James Corner – 1219 1 St. S.W. – had their bar staff taught precisely how to pull the perfect Guinness.

“The basic premise behind the whole certification was that a pint of Guinness in a (decent) pub in this city will cost you no less than $8,” says the Corner’s Jeff Beddoes.

“We have a very high reputation for consistency and quality at our pub, we wanted to extend that officially to one of our most expensive and popular beers.

“Each bartender participated in an afternoon class presented by Scott Saskiw, our local Guinness representative, which included history of the product as well as the correct way to pour the beer.”

For those curious, Beddoes says the mechanics of pulling the perfect pint are as follows:

- Take a dry Guinness glass (most glasses are usually rinsed before being used)
- Pour the liquid into the glass at a 45 degree angle until it is approximately 60% full, never changing the angle of the glass.
- Let it rest for 119.5 seconds exactly!
- Using a reverse-push on the tap (Guinness taps are specially designed to allow this) fill the rest of the glass always keeping the glass vertical and only a few centimeters under the tap.
- The head of the beer should rise just slightly above the rim of the glass, the beer should be allowed to settle before it is given to the guest.

So there you have it. The perfect pint of Guinness, and it’s just around the Corner.

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1 comment

  1. retrac says:

    All you have to do is visit the brewery and you can learn how to do it and get your own certificate. Best part is drinking it after!

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