Last week I came across an article that asked “How Many Sips in a Bottle of Beer”, but it was far too technical to be taken seriously (Click the link at the bottom of this post to see what I mean). But it got me thinking…
In the previously mentioned article, the author concluded that he gets 10.15 sips per 12oz bottle (355ml). This doesn’t sound too far off – I was thinking there were about 8. However, when I was living in Dublin and taking part in the local tradition of putting in a session at the pub, I learned a very important lesson at my own expense.
First, a few things to note:
- If you ask for a pint, you will get a Guinness
- In an Irish pub you never order a single pint, everything is done in rounds. If you go with friends each person takes a turn of buying a round (if you go with 8 friends you will stay for 8 pints)! If you go alone and sit at the bar, buy a round for the person sitting next to you and they will do the same.
- An Irish pint is 568ml
- The perfect pint take 199.5 seconds to pour
The standard protocol is to order a round – the bartender with fill a standard Guinness glass about 75-80%, then let it rest until the head has settled. At this point the glasses will be topped up and served in front of you. Once everyone has their pint you cheers and take your first sip. This is where you will reveal where you are from, and you had better be ready to bear the scrutiny. A “real Irishman” will drink a pint in 3-6 sips; a North American would typically take 12-20 sips [and an Aussie would take one...]. If you think you will leisurely sip and nobody will notice, think again – the rings on your glass are a dead give-away!
“Sláinte” (To your health)