Guinness fans: You've been drinking lies for years.
You might want to be sitting down for this one.
You might think that the famous Irish stout is black, or maybe even a really dark cocoa brown color. But if that's your guess, you are totally wrong. It's actually red!!
Freaky, right?? Here's what the folks who make Guinness have to say:
"Look closely," read the beer's official website FAQs. "Guinness beer is not actually black but rather dark ruby red because of the way the ingredients are prepared. Some malted barley is roasted, in a similar way to coffee beans, which is what gives Guinness its distinctive [color]."
We have to be honest, we are SHOOK. I mean ... what even is a Black and Tan, in that case? Should it be called a Red and Tan?
Take a good look. What do you think? Can you see it?
Indeed, because of the unique way that the popular nitro brew is prepared, there's a whole special process for pouring it to get the proper texture in the "allegedly" red beer as well as the perfect creamy white head, which comes from the tight bubbles that are formed from the nitrogen, by the way.
The Guinness people are so particular about their two-part pouring system that they've even said it takes exactly 119 seconds to pour the perfect pint of it, according to Huffington Post.
Here's how you do it: Start with a tulip-shaped pint glass (ideally), as the curved shape of the glass is designed to effectively guide the tiny bubbles to the top of your glass, thus keeping the integrity of the beer. When you actually serve it, you're going to want to do a double-pour, which means that you pour around three-fourths of your glass at a 45 degree angle and let it sit and settle for a while, as the head separates and forms a creamy top, leaving the rest of the beer its signature dark "red" color. Once it's cooked, gently fill the pint the rest of the way up.
And, most importantly, enjoy!