Guinness Perfect Pour: Rewarding the Best Pint Pourers in Malaysia

Heineken Malaysia Star Academy trainers explain the secrets behind the iconic two-part Guinness pour
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Heineken Malaysia has just revealed the winners of their inaugural Guinness Perfect Pour contest. The winners, representing four regions in Malaysia – Central, North, South, and East Malaysia – faced stiff competition from more than 1,000 entrants across the country in search of the perfectly-poured pint of Guinness.

The Guinness Perfect Pour contest, held under the Heineken Malaysia Star Academy platform, began earlier this year with a nationwide roadshow demonstrating the art behind the unique two-part Guinness pour. Serving staff from hundreds of bars and pubs across the country were taught the secrets of pouring the perfect pint to ensure that Malaysian consumers always get the best-tasting Guinness no matter where they are.

From more than 1,000 entries, 11 participants were shortlisted for the ‘finale’ at the Sungei Way Brewery. There, they battled it out to find out who could pour the best pint in their regions. The four who come out on top won themselves an all-expenses-paid trip to Dublin, Ireland – the home of Guinness.

The secret to pouring the perfect pint

It takes skill and practice to pour the perfect pint of Guinness, which takes exactly 119.5 seconds and required a unique two-part method. The glass is first filled up to three-quarters full, after which the ‘surge’ is allowed to settle before being topped up – giving the Guinness its iconic creamy head and velvety texture. The perfect pour gives balance to the bitter and sweet notes in the stout, delivering the distinctive taste of Guinness.

Here’s a short step-by-step for all you Guinness fans out there:

  1. Take a cool, dry, Guinness-branded pint glass.
  2. Hold the glass firmly at a 45° angle under the tap.
  3. Pull the handle fully forward towards you. Slowly straighten the glass as it fills. Stop when the glass is ¾ full.
  4. Leave the surge to settle, allowing the creamy head to form. The head should be between 10 and 15mm high.
  5. Top up the glass by pushing the tap handle away from you. Stop when the head is proud of the rim.
  6. Enjoy your perfect pint of Guinness!

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