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I am an enthusiastic alcohol consumer (Guinness being one of my favourites) and have been for a number of years. I frequently enjoy a pint after work and at the weekends. I always try to visit new places I enjoy the pub atmosphere and what it has to offer. Having been a bar person for many years in my younger days, it was always a position which required a certain amount of skill and due diligence to perform properly.
I am becoming increasingly more frustrated by the lack of care shown by bar staff these days. More often than not I order a pint of Guinness in the pub and I am presented with something looking like a dog's dinner. Bubbles on the top, foam pouring down the sides. I have found myself having to clean the glass with a handkerchief so as to not risk getting any of this monstrosity on my suit. In these current times of financial hardship, for lots of people being able to go to pubs is not an option and so you would think bar staff would be making the effort to please customers. At the very least they should be trained to pull a pint properly and if they can't manage that then the job should go to someone who can.
A level of skill required to pull a pint properly...
For those of you who have worked in bars before you will know that there is a level of skill required to pull a pint properly, especially with Guinness. However most bar people I see these days set the glass down flat and pour the Guinness from a great height. They fill it right to the top without allowing it to settle, slap it down in front of me like I'm a dog and relieve me of 3 of my hard earned cash. I can tell you I'm less than impressed with this kind of hospitality. The Shamrock on top isn't mandatory, but pouring the pint properly should be!
Although taste is certainly a big factor in an establishment's ale I personally think presentation is just as important. Is it really that much to ask for a pint of beer that tastes and looks good? We are not animals so shouldn't expected to be treated like them.
By: Steve L