– AUGUST 01, 2015
We have arrived in Ireland! After getting through customs (which was 5 seconds of them looking at our passport and then 10 minutes of them telling us where the best places in Ireland to drink Guinness are) we went straight to the pub! Jill had told me that the Guinness we drink in Canada is garbage and the Guinness in Ireland is the sweetest nectar in existence. I always thought that was rubbish, as how could it really be that different (and for the record I detest Guinness in Canada).
We entered a pub and I explained to the bar proprietor that this was about to be my first official taste of Guinness. She was excited and instantly poured me a pint. The pouring technique is pretty cool (and demanded by Guinness when you sign up to sell their product). You tilt the glass at 45 degrees, hit the beer on the golden symbol above the Guinness wording, fill it to about 3/4 full, set it on the bar for two minutes until it settles into a amber red hue, then they top it off to fill the glass and serve.
My first sip….it was the closest thing to liquid gold that I have ever tasted. I sincerely doubt that I can ever drink another beer again. No comparison…this is pure heaven.
I am on a mission to drink a minimum of one Guinness a day while in Ireland. That’s probably more alcohol than I have had in the past year! When enjoying this paradise of a malted beverage, you need some food to keep you going. Fortunately, the food here has been nothing short of great comfort food (necessary after all that rice and noodle nasi-somethingoranotherstuff).
But if any of you know Jill then you know she always has room for desert. Her only pick was the Sticky Toffee Pudding….so here we go!
We will of course go through the various places and sights we have seen in the future posts, but starting off with the food and Guinness was the best way to show respect to Ireland.
For more photos of our adventure go to our flickr account here.