Guinness - Since 1759

Guinness nitrosurge being used to pour a pint

Master the perfect pour at home

For too long, the ultimate home pour seemed out of reach. 

That's why, pushing the boundaries of technology, Guinness perfected the Nitrosurge device, designed to recreate the perfect pour.

Working with the Nitrosurge cans, the innovative technology allows you to create the surge and flavour of beautiful, great-tasting Guinness for every pour. All at home.

Pint of Guinness

How to pour a perfect Guinness

There's an art and science to pouring a perfectly domed pint of draught Guinness. But with a little patience, anyone can do it. 

The step-by-step guide for stout perfection is...

  1. Hold your glass at a 45-degree angle and aim the tap nozzle for the gold harp logo on a branded Guinness glass. Pour until you reach the top of the harp, then stop.
  2. Set your half-poured Guinness down and let it rest. This is the 'surge and settle' phase. You'll see the darker stout slowly sinking under the creamy, white foam.
  3. Once your Guinness has settled (typically after about 60-80 seconds), fill up the rest of the glass. This time, the glass stays straight, and you'll fill until the foam forms a slight dome over the top.

A pint over 260 years in the making

Enjoyed across the globe, there's nothing quite like a pint of the 'black stuff.'

Perfectly balanced with bitter, sweet and roasted notes, the creamy taste of Guinness is inimitable. With hints of roasted coffee and chocolate, complete with a malty sweetness and a hoppy bitterness, the perfect pour takes 119.5 seconds. But trust us, it's worth the wait.

Friends enjoying a pint of Guinness
guinness at the table

A history of innovation…

It all started in 1759 when Arthur Guinness boldly signed a 9,000-year lease on a derelict brewery at St James’ Gate, Dublin.

Never afraid to do things differently, Arthur Guinness soon stopped brewing ale and became the first Dubliner to focus solely on porter, a black beer from London finding favour in Ireland’s capital. By the early 1800s, while other breweries stayed close to home, Guinness dared to push the boundaries, exporting its now-famous beer across the globe, braving the wild seas to travel as far as the Americas.

In 1959, Guinness made history as the first brewery to introduce nitrogen to its beer, resulting in the smoother, creamier finish that has come to be so synonymous with Guinness Draught. To this day, the brand keeps innovating, with recent examples including the invention of the Nitrosurge and Guinness 0.0%.

No matter where it's brewed or served, every single pint, bottle or can of Guinness adheres to the lofty standards set at St. James's Gate in Dublin. In fact, every single Guinness undergoes over 280 quality checks before being released from the brewery.

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