Friday, September 16, 2011

$250,000+ Loot

This huge truck is a sight to be reckoned with. But wait till you hear about what's inside...

Guinness is a popular Irish dry stout that originated in the brewery of Arthur Guinness (1725–1803) at St. James's Gate, Dublin. Guinness is directly descended from the porter style that originated in London in the early 18th century and is one of the most successful beer brands worldwide, brewed in almost 50 countries and available in over hundreds of countries worldwide. 1.8 billion pints are sold annually and this number goes nowhere but up. A pint of this liquid gold goes for US $8. The capacity of this truck is about 4680 gallons x 8 = 37,440 pints x 8 = about more than a quarter of US one cool Million bucks.

Pouring the pint of Guinness from its container is an art. On the way to the tap, the beer is passed through a chiller and it is forced through a five-hole disc restrictor plate in the end of the tap, which increases the fluid pressure and friction, forcing the creation of small bubbles which form a creamy head. The glass is then rested until the initial pour settles, and the remainder of the glass is then filled with a slow pour until the head forms a slight dome over the top of the glass. If you were the pourer, you've got to know that the time this takes must be 119.53 seconds, no more, no less! Furthermore, Extra Cold Guinness should be served at 3.5°C (38.6°F.) How do I know all that? I looked it up, of course. But seriously, every year, on Saint Patrick's day, I volunteer at an Irish pub on Miracle Mile to help sell this kind of beer all night. All volunteers are trained to pour this expensive brew correctly so the foam on the top looks just right. Of course, after a few pints, nobody cares anymore, pourers, pourees, drinkers all alike... I get drunk just talking about this brew!

Hey, big truck, you are blocking my beautiful Miami view, move along, please!
Pouring Beer

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