Active drinking

Con­front­ed with a sparkled pint in a pub in Cheshire recent­ly, I thought I’d try the same trick. I active­ly supped, rather than just pour­ing the beer in through my hor­ri­ble great cake­hole.

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In the lat­est edi­tion of James and Oz Pre­tend to Argue about Booze, a man told them how to drink Guin­ness prop­er­ly. He insist­ed that you “pull the beer through the head”.

Con­front­ed with a sparkled pint in a pub in Cheshire recent­ly, I thought I’d try the same trick. So, I active­ly supped, rather than just pour­ing the beer in through my hor­ri­ble great cake­hole.

It worked.

I got the ben­e­fit of the pil­lowy head, but the beer came through loud and clear – not mut­ed, or sub­dued. I left the head behind in the glass, where it belongs, mak­ing my pint look nice.

It’s odd to find your­self rethink­ing some­thing as nat­ur­al and instinc­tive as the act of tak­ing on liq­uid through the mouth, but I guess an obses­sion with beer will do that to you.

Inci­den­tal­ly, we thought Oz and James were pret­ty dread­ful last night, although it was worth putting up with 25 min­utes of self-indul­gent dri­v­el to see the Beer Nut and Bion­ic Lau­ra on our screens.


8 thoughts on “Active drinking”

  1. Yeah, from stuff I heard sur­round­ing the film­ing, the show promised a hell of a lot more than it deliv­ered. But I will not be an arm­chair TV pro­duc­er.

    I also learned last night that Richard Fox was pret­ty livid with the way his show was cut togeth­er. That spares us a sec­ond series, I sup­pose.

  2. We cal­cu­lat­ed that they spent 10 min­utes at Guin­ness, 15 min­utes argu­ing or muck­ing about, and only 10 actu­al­ly talk­ing about or drink­ing inter­est­ing beer. Call­ing Beer Nut “the man with the pink head” was quite fun­ny, though.

  3. Fun­ny how the Guin­ness guy said drink­ing the head itself would be too bit­ter. In Guinness’s case – if only.

    As for leav­ing the head. No. Don’t do that. As for the Beer Nut, I don’t recall his head being THAT pink, but maybe it pinkens up a bit when booz­ing or under TV lights?

  4. It was the stu­dio lights on the beer nuts head! For a show not about one un-named prod­uct it leaned fair­ly heav­i­ly on that prod­uct…

    I did like the hard­ware shop pub, I was there a few years ago and thought it was an amaz­ing place. Being able to drink while you buy nuts and bolts is pret­ty strange. There are a few of these strange old pubs left around the coun­try you just have to know where to look. My favourite is the one where I had to wait until the foot­ball scores were over to get my hot port. There was only one plug so they wait­ed till the news was over then unplugged the tel­ly to put the ket­tle on.

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