So if you’re anything like me and absolutely LOVE a decent pint of the black stuff, St.Patricks day this past Saturday would have been the perfect opportunity to over indulge in Dublin’s greatest export, and over indulge we did. However this year it was done with a great deal more intention than just going home and throwing your lungs up after a 12 hour binge, it was also the conclusion to a very beery experiment.
At the end of last month, me and my much more gorgeous half headed over to Dublin for a few days of Irish exploration and it was during this time that I managed to put an age-old tale to bed. It has been said for years, by every man and his dog that the Guinness in Dublin is without doubt better than in England. Excuses like “it doesn’t travel well” or “we don’t know how to pour it over here” have been explained, but I’ve always assumed it was nothing more than a load of bollocks. How could it become so dreadful in such a short distance, I mean we’re right next door. Also, the English are renowned boozers and although the Irish (and Scottish) might have us beat in that area, we certainly hold our own against the rest of the world. But could it really be true? Only one way to find out…
Yes it is, its incomparable. It’s not even close.
Whether its the way they run the lines, the way they serve it or the fact it’s so fresh considering its produced right there it is undoubtedly better and in fact a pint of Guinness from the world-famous Guinness storehouse is as close as you get to perfection.
Still, that doesn’t mean we just have to roll over and take it, so I decided to embark on a quest of Indiana Jones proportions as I set out to find the best pint of Guinness in Lincoln! I tried my fair share and assessed them all, taking into consideration flavour, pouring technique, the little bit of fizz on the tip of the tongue and the length of time it took to settle. Some were good, some were great, some were shit, you know, there’s no denying it they were dreadful, but after much consideration, here are the top three pubs for a decent Guinness in Lincoln:
The Horse & Groom
Despite only serving Guinness extra cold, which as we know, shouldn’t pack as much of a punch, it did. It had all the flavour, all the colour, settled nicely for a few minutes and was so easy to drink I could have shifted it away in around 30 seconds. A great effort.
The West End Tap
It was news to me, until seeing a picture on social media, that the West End Tap even sold Guinness but after rushing in to try it I was not disappointed. The thing that always gets me worried is when the long glass comes out and not the classic wide and short pint glass, but it had it all and no points could be deducted from this perfect example of our favourite St.Patricks day tipple.
The Jolly Brewer
Standing out massively for its choice of BOTH original and extra cold versions, The Jolly Brewer served a perfect pint, and despite it not being a place I frequent, it’s reputation for being an expert of fine ales was certainly on show. Oh and if you’re wondering, I went for the original…
So there you have it. I assume that for all three it’s a massive honour to have been picked for the top, but more importantly, I’ll be seeing you all a lot more from now on… cheers.