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This Badly Poured Guinness Has Caused Global Outrage


It’s a bad day to mention crimes against Guinness, considering it’s St Patrick’s day and all, but a cafe in Vancouver almost caused an international conflict after it poured a terrible Guinness and then proceed to photograph their crime.

The image caused a ton of messages to flow through social media directed at the poor Railtown Cafe. The official explanation for the bad pour was apparently due to the fact the Guinness came out of a can. The end result looked like it belonged more in a lager commercial than a solid pint.

“It was coming out of a can. It was frothing over the tip like you’d find a Budweiser in a tailgate commercial,” owner Dan Olson told As It Happens host Carol Off. “So, instead of cascading up to have a nice proper head like Guinness is supposed to, it was a mess.”

There was also a second faux pas that would have gone over most people’s heads. In multiple instances they referred to St. Patrick’s day as St. Patty’s day. This means Patricia, the correct colloquialism would be “Paddy’s”.

The cafe rolled with the punches though. They redid the advert with a freshly poured Guinness and offered anyone with a valid Irish passport to join them for a drink and a shot of Jameson, presumably on the house.

“Thanks for the friendly comments, everyone! We’re not all a bunch of maple-syrup drinking snow farmers and to make up for the blasphemous pour depicted in the photo, we’ve poured another pint that we hope is worthy of Ireland. In true Canadian fashion, we’d like to apologize, so we’re inviting anyone of age with a valid Irish passport to join us this Friday, St. Patrick’s Day, for a perfectly poured Guinness and a shot of Jameson.”

The final image got good support from Irish Facebookers who were keen to forgive and forget (and receive free drinks). Although it wasn’t without it’s detractors. “Unless somebody has taken a mouthful out of that pint it is still a bad pint of Guinness, as the top of the head has to come up slightly over the top of the glass.” said one stickler.

Can’t please everyone when it comes to such important things like Guinness pouring.


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