New research shows that Guinness does, in fact, taste better in Ireland than outside the green isle. The Institute of Food Technologists completed a study that confirms the suspicions of many beer drinkers: the best pint of Guinness can only be enjoyed within the borders of bonny Ireland. Scientists took non-expert tasters to different pubs. In Ireland, Guinness scored a 74 out of 100 points, while elsewhere the brew scored 57. The Institute explains these results as an issue of authenticity-the ambiance in a true Irish pub enhances the Guinness experience.
Slightly more scientifically, in Ireland Guinness flows through pub taps all day, whereas in other countries the beer could have been sitting for a long period of time. And since the Irish know just how a pint of Guinness ought to taste, all the drinking details, from the temperature to the glass shape, turn out right.
Even if you can't make it to Ireland for St. Patrick's Day, Guinness still tastes great wherever you're drinking. To read more about the study, click here. Extra beer left over? Try making this whole-wheat cinnamon raisin honey beer bread.