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Saturday, 20 August 2011

Tralee: Pouring the perfect pint

Indiana June - real life pick a path adventurer
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After Skelligs Rock should Indiana become a beer wench and work behind the bar at Baily's Corner and learn how to pull the perfect pint of Guinness.


Winning Vote


Or should she go to the Rose of Tralee to meet the New Zealand Rose. (Like Miss Universe but the girls are of Irish descent and have a PHD, save kittens for a living or something equally as worthy.)

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I arrived in Tralee for the penultimate event of the year, not The Rose of Tralee but the Pouring of the Perfect Pint by Indiana June.

Guinness is an Irish Stout beer that has been brewed at St James's Gate Brewery in Dublin since 1755. (They are also the folks that started the Guinness Book of Records after an argument in a pub in 1955.) It's an acquired taste and takes a little getting used to but once hooked there's no avoiding it, or the gas it provides the following day!

I've heard Irishmen refer to it as being similar to passing a small black elephant the day after but it doesn't stop them returning day after day for a pint of the black stuff.

It takes about 5 minutes to pour a pint of Guinness, well it does if you're pouring it correctly and that was what you all voted for me to do on this particular day.

I arrived at Baily's Corner, ready to pull (you don't pour a pint apparently) and I ended up with an audience of old regulars at the bar. Gary, the owner gave me tuition which you can see in the video here.

  1. Start with a tulip-shaped pint glass that's clean, dry and chilled.

  2. Tilt glass to 45-degree angle under the tap and pour until glass is three-quarters full.

  3. Let it sit for several minutes until the beer is black and flat.  Do a dance during this settling period if the mood takes you.

  4. After it's settled, fill the glass the rest of the way. The foamy head should peek over the rim but not spill.

  5. Ask the barman to put a shamrock in the top of it. (Or a love heart if you want to jump his bones.)

  6. There's a 3-course meal in every glass so forget dinner and repeat steps 1-6.

Latest Poll Results
New York: What will Indiana June do in the big apple?
21% Track down and visit Oliver Jeffers:
Renowned Children's storybook writer & illustrator
11% Walk the High Line:
A linear park built on a 1.45-mile section of the elevated NY Central Railroad 
11% Be a NYC detective for a day: 
Part game, theatre and tour to discover some of NYC's most off-the-beaten path spots
13% Explore the City Hall Subway Station: 
Abandoned & hidden from the public for 60 years
12% Flying trapeze class:
Hone her circus skills learning how to fly on a trapeze 
30% NZ Flag + Statue of Liberty:
Bodypaint the NZ flag on her body and go up the Statue of Liberty
2% Go to Queens and find a 'Nanny' sound-alike:
Video someone with the nanny accent saying "noo Zealand, i love that place"
Voting closed | 204 VOTES
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