My friend Guinness gets no respect.
People call her “heavy,” “yeasty,” and “grandpa’s cough syrup.” Rude!
In case you were wondering, she prefers the term “full-bodied.”
Guinness is a delicate, sophisticated drink. A delectable prism of roasted barley and nitrogen essence. Not a Dark Lord, but a Lady of the Liffey. Before I get too carried away, here’s a list of reasons why you should consider her a close friend of the beer variety.
5 Reasons Why Guinness Should Be your BFF (Beer Friend Forever):
1. She’s a Lightweight
Most people think of Guinness as a meal in a glass. Lo and behold, she’s not any more calorie dense than most beers.
Per 1 serving (12 oz)
Bud Light: 110 kcal
Guinness (Original 4.2%): 125 kcal
Corona: 147 kcal
Sam Adams: 156 kcal
Amber Beer (my fav is New Belgium’s Fat Tire): 168 kcal
Blue Moon: 171 kcal (woah!)
(Data obtained from Spark People, Inc)
2. She’s Classy, Yet Unpretentious
I’ve never seen Guinness used for beer pong. You’d be hard pressed to find her at a bonfire party or on the tailgate of a pickup truck. And yet, she’s been savored by folks ranging from high society aristocrats to working class writers such as James Joyce. She’s an equal opportunity employer.
Speaking from personal experience, Guinness is best enjoyed straight from the tap rather than a glass bottle. You lose a lot of the subtle nitrogen notes and creamy head therein. She’s kind of particular like that.
3. She’s a Nurse
Okay, maybe I’m pushing the envelope here with my personification of Guinness. But I can tell you first hand that Guinness can cure what ails you!
While on our honeymoon in Ireland, I caught a terrible stomach bug that left me heaving over the toilet for an entire day. In the days following, I couldn’t tolerate more than a few bites of food at one time. Near the end of our trip, we visited the Guinness Factory in Dublin (highly recommend!). As I nursed my free pint in the Gravity Bar, I felt instantly better.
According to one Guinness historian, the drink was once used to help bolster patients’ iron levels post-operatively. It’s also believed to contain vital compounds such as antioxidants, fiber, folate, and B vitamins. Speaking from the perspective of an actual registered nurse, I’d be proud to work alongside a Guinness any day!
4. She’s Complimentary
Sure, Guinness is great with classic pub fare like fish and chips, but have you ever tried it with candy? Life changing. It’s like sampling a sour beer, but with the added perk of turning your tongue into sandpaper after finishing off that bag of sour patch kids.
5. She’s Mature
Lucky for us, Guinness has withstood the test of time. According to our tour at the Guinness factory, she was first brewed in 1801, which would make her 217 years old.
The next time you’re at a pub and have the option to order a Guinness straight from the tap, give her another try. Let the smooth, white foam remind you of the stormy Aran Islands and the distance traveled by many to make it here in America. Let her represent all the opportunities you have to drink good beer in this short life of ours. And then never look back.
Here’s to you, old broad.