You look at it and lightly lick your lips, long and full with a perfect head! As you let it glide into your mouth, the taste brings a sigh as you relax into the action. As the smooth velvet texture slides down your throat, there is a sense of satisfaction that overwhelms you. The first glass of Guinness, after a month’s abstinence is the most amazing sensation! What did you think this was about?
Is it a cliché for an Irishman to love his Guinness? Of course not, we are the experts, the first recipients of this great drink and we have always known it is good for you. Just to be clear, why is ordering a pint of the ‘Black Stuff’ a good option?
• It has been found to contain antioxidants that are not found in other beers – like those in red wine and chocolate.
• Research from the University of Wisconsin study found that Guinness can help in reducing blood clots and reduce the risk of heart attacks.
• By removing the filtering process by fish-guts and introducing a new state of the art filtration system Guinness can now be enjoyed by vegans.
• 3mg of iron is an improvement on other beers whose content is lower or non-existent.
• Drinking Guinness is a statement that lets others know you appreciate the finer things in life!
It all began with a 1759 entrepreneur, Arthur Guinness who came to Dublin, took out a 9,000-year lease on a dilapidated brewery in St James’s gate and as they say the rest is history. The company has never rested on its laurels and has continued to develop and research its product, expanding on the original but maintaining standards of excellence. The brewery in Dublin is a great visitors experience for all and one not to be missed. Different events and activities are hosted there, keep an eye on events running in Dublin via the gaytodo website.
To extend its appeal, Guinness offers some interesting variations on the original and one such is Guinness Nitro IPA. This pale ale is made with Guinness yeast and a unique blend of carbon dioxide and nitrogen to blend out the five hop varieties used to create this innovative beer. Honey gold in contrast to the dark ruby red of the original Guinness it offers a creamy yet distinct flavour with a dense head of bubbles, what more could you want?
Drinking that first Guinness is about appreciation, it’s an art form developed over two centuries, it incorporates, experience, skill and knowledge with Irish hospitality. This is a drink that is sociable and friendly; it does not matter your colour, your age – although over 18 is the law. Be gay or straight of any nationality being a lover of Guinness draws everyone into a discerning community, where enjoyment of a pint of Guinness in whatever presentation you prefer is the common thread. For the adventurous among you maybe you should try some of the variations, a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
A Slightly Different Guinness Drink
• Dublin Porter – A newish beer from Guinness that has its origins in the 1700’s. The caramel and malt notes ensure a tasty beer. Great for cooking with, nothing beats a Dublin Porter cake.
• Black Velvet – Bubbly and Guinness a match made in heaven
• Irish Jello Shots – Baileys Irish Cream with some Jameson’s whiskey in a shot glass. Dropped into a glass of Guinness brings about a celebration of froth and taste.
• Guinness Black Russian – Vodka, coffee liqueur and cola sipped through a head of Guinness. Smooth!
• Dublin Ice Tea – Coffee, Guinness and Irish whiskey, try Roe & Co. Perfect!
Now go get yourself ready for St. Paddy’s day with some amazing Guinness gifts on Amazon.
Thanks to Sean for writing this post! Here’s what he has to say about his lovelf self.
“My name is Sean and I am currently a writer a GayToDo. I love writing and blogging but loathe writing about myself. A native of Dublin, Ireland, I have travelled Europe extensively, sharing and learning about LGBT culture, the highs and the lows, the good, the bad of being gay in today’s world. I am passionate about equality, animals and communication skills, all of which I think need attention in the world today. Anything else you want to know about me please feel free to ask.”