You go to a nice session or maybe listen to an Irish folk singer belt out a good Irish song, nice. Under extreme social pressure you order a perfect pint of Guinness. Now many would say this first sip is the the best Guinness of the night. I’ve found this to be untrue. In fact research shows it’s the second Guinness.
Granted you first need to be sure you are getting the best pint of Guinness available. The Guinness needs to be poured properly. The Guinness needs to be at the right temperature. It should be poured using the proper ratio of C02 and Nitrogen gases. I could go on and on about the glass, as it needs to be served in a proper imperial pint Glass. The glass could be the now established Guinness gravity pint glass or the good old tulip glass. But even with all the conditions met, the first sip of the first pint, still isn’t the best pint of Guinness.
Indeed, I have found that the second Guinness is the best tasting, most rewarding and most pleasing to the palate. After exhaustive research in pub after pub, ordering and tasting perfectly poured pints of guinness, and only for the benefit of the readers of this humble blog, I have come to this monumental conclusion:
Your second Guinness tastes the best
But don’t take my word for it.
According to Yahoo Health and a 2013 study in the journal of Neuropsychopharmacology there’s a reason the second Guinness tastes better.
“Well, there’s a reason having a drink feels so relaxing — a 2013 study in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology found that, even before you feel buzzed, sipping beer releases the famous feel-good hormone dopamine. This lights up the reward centers in the brain, which in some people, can increase the desire to have another …”
So it’s that dopamine that knows the second Guinness tastes the best, sounds more like something my wife would say. As in that dope of mine is out back herding cats. But I’ll go with those Neuroscientists. They’re wicked smart.
So, This combination of Arthur Guinness’s creation, pour correctly from the tap. Served at the correct temperature of between 42.5 to 44.5 F (6 to 7 celsius). Using the correct gas mixture of 75% nitrogen 25% C02. Poured in a proper imperial pint glass, and combined with the physical affects of the pleasing neurological characteristics of consuming the first pint combine to make Your second Guinness taste the best.
Now I’m off to the Brendan Behan for a really nice session and to figure out the reason that pint number Three might not be the best.