Drink (Indie 30 – Day 20)

Drink (Indie 30 – Day 20)

Bootsnall prompt: Just as the cuisine of a place reveals clues about its culture and history, so does its signature local drink. What’s the best drink you had on the road, and did the drink have any connection to the place where you drank it or the people you drank with?

Guinness just tastes better in Ireland.

Studies have been done on this phenomenon.


And, since our Irish road trip in March, Kevin and I can easily agree with all studies that say Guinness is better in Ireland.

Perhaps it’s the atmosphere of  the country: green rolling hills, gray days that turn to starry nights, damp winds, and broad smiles.

Or perhaps it really is something in the beer itself. A pint at the Guinness Storehouse is best – perhaps simply because of the freshness of the beer. The study linked above suggests that Guinness doesn’t travel well. So, it seems, the closer to the source you are and the more recently it was brewed, the better the taste.



Whatever the reason Guinness tastes better in Ireland, it’s one of the motivations for Kevin and I to make another trip there someday. When we order Guinness in an American bar, the stout is good and satisfying, but it lacks that special something we found in Ireland and we always wish it were there.

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