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[First Sip]

The Las Vegas Guinness Store teaches the perfect pour

Learn the steps and then get behind the bar and try it yourself at the Mandalay Bay shop.
Photo: Mikayla Whitmore

You probably remember the first time you tried a Guinness. It was rich and creamy and unlike anything you’d ever tasted. If you’re from Ireland, you already know Arthur Guinness is an unofficial patron saint for concocting this faithful brew, and chances are his Irish dry stout is just about all you drink.

That’s not a stereotype. That’s actually what our Guinness bartender, Amy from Dublin, told us. She also taught us to pour an impeccable pint, something you, too, can learn, with the Perfect Pint Experience at the Guinness Store inside the Shoppes at Mandalay Bay. Belly up to the bar for the origin story of Guinness, created more than 200 years ago at St. James’s Gate Brewery, where Mr. Guinness himself signed a 9,000 (yes, 9,000)-year lease on the property.

From there, learn the six steps crucial to pouring the perfect pint, and then get behind the bar and try it yourself. Once you’ve conquered the pour, it’s yours for the drinking. Indulge in the dark stuff, and take home a souvenir photo and certificate. After you’ve finished off your beer, you get to keep the glass.

Of course, as with any test, you might forget the details once you get home. Don’t worry, the Guinness Store is open all year long, and you can always come back for more. The Guinness Store at the Shoppes at Mandalay Bay, 702-632-7773; daily 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

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