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The Great Man Con Guinness Trail

Most people who have visited Ireland will tell you that over on the Emerald Isle the Guinness tastes better.

Published on March 1st 2006.

The Great Man Con Guinness Trail

Most people who have visited Ireland will tell you that over on the Emerald Isle the Guinness tastes better. This is because, apparently, Guinness doesn’t travel well, and on its brief journey over from Dublin to Manchester loses some of its tastiness. Is this true? Who knows. With Manchester being home to such a large Irish population, surely there must be somewhere in the city that can offer the discerning drinker a deliciously tasty pint of Guinness?

With Manchester Irish Festival fast approaching, we thought it was a perfect excuse to do some serious research and try our best to discover for our readers the best pint of Guinness in Manchester. Some important groundwork was covered last Friday night in Sam’s Chop House, resulting in the unforgettable sight of Gordo dancing on a chair to ‘Whiskey in the Jar’. After this vital warm up session we’re all feeling up to the challenge that is the Great Man Con Guinness Trail.

Guinness has been brewed in Ireland for nearly 250 years, and is now exported to 150 countries (50 of which actually brew Guinness themselves). But what constitutes the perfect pint of Guinness? According to Guinness, the drink is best served at 6°C (that’s 42.8°F), with the legendary two-part pour. Anyone who has worked in a bar will know that first the glass should be tilted to 45 degrees and carefully poured until three quarters full. Then the glass is placed on the bar counter and left to settle. Once the surge has settled, the glass is filled to the brim. It apparently takes about 119.5 seconds to pour the perfect pint. So with a thermometer and a stopwatch at the ready, we will be setting off round the pubs of Manchester to discover the perfect pint.

The idea is to plan a pub crawl, visiting six pubs that have been recommended by Manchester Confidential readers, in the quest for the holy grail that is the perfect pint of Guinness. So to assist us in our quest, let us know where in Manchester to go for the best pint! We have a limited number of Guinness polo shirts to give away to helpful Manchester Confidential readers – so get your suggestions in now by filling in the form below.


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