On Nov. 11, 2011, YouTube user Jack Deal posted a video about a curious ping pong-sized ball floating in his can of Guinness Draught. Deal had taken the entire top off of the can with a can opener, examining the white ball inside. Deal, a woman and another man talk over what it could possibly […]
This isn’t the first instance of getting drink names horribly wrong. (If you’re still ordering “Irish Car Bombs,” maybe read this.) But it turns out a drink with as innocuous-sounding a name as “Black and Tan” is historically offensive, and you should probably stop ordering it at Irish bars. The drink got its name relatively […]
We love Guinness. We obsess over Guinness—how to pour it, how to drink it, how to stop from drooling as we stare at those cascading nitro ripples like they’re some kind of 4.2% ABV Magic Eye. And yes, on St. Patrick’s Day, we bless ourselves with Guinness like it’s holy water at church. We suck […]
One night a few years ago, more than I actually care to admit, my brother and I walked into a crusty old pub somewhere upstate. The kind of place that’s full of old men in wool caps quietly nursing warm beer. The kind of place where you can actually feel yourself being sized up by […]
There are a few classic dishes that are ubiquitous with St. Patrick’s Day: Corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread, and Shepard’s Pie all come to mind. But there’s only one that marries our love for stout and steak – the classic Guinness Beef Stew. And while we may all now consider cooking with beer […]
While Guinness may be the most popular around St. Patrick’s Day, when millions of people order the beer for the kitsch of it, for many, including most people who are Irish – in Ireland it’s the top selling beer year round – drinking a Guinness is a daily ritual they take very seriously.