Guinness is good for me

You Are Guinness
You know beer well, and you’ll only drink the best beers in the world.
Watered down beers disgust you, as do the people who drink them.
When you drink, you tend to become a bit of a know it all – especially about subjects you don’t know well.
But your friends tolerate your drunken ways, because you introduce them to the best beers around.

This result is largely true — at least in its characterization of me. I’m a beer snob, no doubt. I also like Guiness, but not in the U.S. The pasteurization or whatever they do to be allowed to import the stuff here changes it utterly from the elixir that pub-goers enjoy in Dublin. What we get isn’t quite as rich and sweet. It’s good, but what they’re drinking on the other side of the Atlantic is grand.

In case you’re curious: The kind of beer I most love is Trappist ale from Belgium. Those monks know what’s what.

(Quiz link thanks to Rinsem’s Rink.)

7 replies on “Guinness is good for me”

  1. Yup – I too am a Guinness… This is a person who understands beer as a delicacy. I would say that I’ve graduated from my days as Natural Light, when as long as it was labeled beer – I would drink it!

    Thanks for the link!

  2. As it’s about the only thing I drink, I’m a Guinness too. Unfortunately, I live in an Olde English 800 kind of town.

  3. True, Guinness is a great brew to be had. However, the pasteurization thing is actually a widely held misconception. We get the same Guinness Draught (some Extra Stout is made in Canada, but is marked as such) that goes to Dublin. Go to, there is a forum posting on some beer myths, and that article has links to other columns exploring the Guinness myth. The only difference between Guinness in Ireland and the U.S. is freshness. It takes two weeks for Guinness to make it to the states, whereas it only takes about two hours in Ireland. It’s like the difference between supermarket and dockside fish. Cheers everyone!

  4. Gerald: Good info. I didn’t mean to spread a myth — I know only that there’s a world of difference between the stuff I’ve sipped in England and Ireland and what I’ve had here. I’m willing to believe that freshness alone makes the difference. Thanks for the linkss.

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