The identify Ian Ryan could not ring any bells.
However his Instagram account, Shit London Guinness (@shitlondonguinness), will likely be acquainted to many up and down the nation – significantly these keen on a pint of the black stuff.
Ian, initially from Cork, has made a reputation for his account over the previous few years by sharing among the worst pints of Guinness round – amassing a loyal following of greater than 233,000.
And, as a result of a current surge in recognition – with Guinness scooping the title of Britain’s hottest pint – it’s clear he’s received the nation within the palm of his fingers.
However Ian admits the Irish stout hasn’t at all times been his drink of alternative.
‘I didn’t at all times drink Guinness, to be sincere with you,’ the @shitlondonguinness creator tells Metro.co.uk.
‘Funnily sufficient, I began consuming Guinness after I moved from Eire to London, round 5 years in the past.
‘It might have been a unconscious factor reminding me of my residence scenario, after I first left. It might have been that – or that I at all times considered it as a little bit of an outdated man drink after I was rising up.
‘I believe during the last 5 years it’s turn out to be extra common – and when you’ve had a style for it, it turns into your drink.’
Because the launch of @shitlondonguinness in November 2019, it’s protected to say that Ian’s sampled a good few terrible pints – though admits he’s by no means despatched one again.
He explains: ‘A horrible pint is when there’s an excessive amount of head, or no head, or if the glass is soiled, so you’ll be able to see the stains on the facet of it.
‘Additionally, if there are bubbles and stuff, you get that bizarre ice cream-type look. And it’s dangerous if it’s in some mad glass – like a Rekorderlig one or one thing.
‘I believe a sure particular person has it in them to ship again a pint and I’m simply not that particular person. I’m not confrontational. I simply take an image and use it for content material as a substitute.
‘I might fairly secretly drop a pint than take it again.’
So what makes an ideal pint of Guinness?
Ian says it’s all about coming from the faucets and it should be served in clear glassware. What’s extra, it’s greatest to order it in a Guinness pub.
He explains: ‘Generally, if it’s a pub that doesn’t promote a complete lot of Guinness, then it sits round for a bit and tastes a bit odd – it’s simply sitting there for ages. That’s why Guinness pubs are greatest.’
With St Patrick’s Day fast-approaching, there’s by no means been a greater time to seize a Guinness – whether or not you’re a long-time lover of the beverage, or are tempted to strive it for the primary time.
However Ian has completed the laborious work for us – by sampling the nice, the dangerous, and the ugly across the UK, to kind an inventory of his favorite Guinness spots.
He’s rounded up a few of his high locations for St Patrick’s Day and past – though, Ian does usher a phrase of warning.
He explains: ‘I do discover with St Patrick’s Day, it’s higher to stay to what you realize with Guinness, like going to your native – so you may get preferential therapy over the 1000’s of people who find themselves in there.’
In case you’re questioning the place the highest spots are for Guinness, these are those backed by the skilled himself.
1. Gravediggers, Dublin
‘That’s in all probability the most effective pint of Guinness, for me, on the earth,’ says Ian.
‘I used to be there a year-and-a-half in the past with a few pals, simply after Covid restrictions stopped and you possibly can go and sit inside and we had an excellent night time.
‘It’s only a actually, actually historic pub.’
2. Sheephaven Bay, Camden
Ian says: ‘Among the finest Guinness pints in London. They’re so good in there, it’s a very nice Irish pub, with lots of sports activities on.
‘It’s a pleasant combination of locals and people who find themselves in the hunt for Guinness. We go there fairly a bit.’
3 Gibney’s, Outdated Avenue
‘They’ve good pints in right here – and it has a sister one in Dublin,’ provides Ian.
4, O’ Sullivans Bar, West Cork
‘It is a very nice pint as nicely, and it’s positively one for the summer time. It has a very nice outside seating space,’ provides Ian.
5. The Auld Shillelagh, Stoke Newington
Love @shitlondonguiness? Ian sells his personal merch now too.
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