A Manchester pub owner claims to have cracked the code to serve the best pint of Guinness outside Ireland.
Pádraig Brady, owner of Mulligan's Pub in Manchester, has set his sights on the stout-loving market in England, claiming he serves the best pint of Guinness outside of its native Ireland.
On Moncrieff, Mr Brady said he believes the negative reputation around Guinness quality in the United Kingdom comes from being brewed under licence outside of Ireland in the past.
"Today, all the Guinness comes from St. James's Gate, so we all get the same Guinness," he said.
Mr Brady said the first difference between Irish Guinness and international Guinness is education.
"In Ireland, Diageo has their own teams to go down and clean the lines for all the publicans," he said.
"In the UK you have to do it yourself, and that's done to very various, different degrees."
Cellar temperature, equipment temperature, and staff training can also impact flavour, according to Mr Brady.
"There's no magic formula but you have to do the five or six things consistently," he said.
4 taps just wasn’t enough to meet demand for our Guinness…so we installed another 2 today👌🏻 pic.twitter.com/El4BoKMZdm
— Mulligans of Manchester (@mulligans_MCR) December 4, 2022
The one defining factor is often the cleanliness of the glasses, Mr Brady explained.
"In lots of places, they're thrown into a glass washer that itself is not always very clean," he said.
"You can look at a glass and we can say, 'It's clean, but it's not beer clean.'
"You could hold our glasses up in Mulligan's and you can watch the horseracing through them."
Mr Brady claimed that the pub now has queues from 3:30pm every Friday.
"We have some Irish people who come all the time but mostly it's locals who just are looking for a really exceptional pint of Guinness," he said.
"There's plenty of pubs in Manchester that do some very good Guinness, but it's that little bit extra effort that we go to seems to be making a difference."
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