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Splitting the G

Splitting the G has become a time-honored tradition among Guinness drinkers. It is an attempt to drink exactly the right amount of beer so that when you take your first sip, the horizontal line of the ‘G’ in the Guinness logo lines up perfectly with the horizontal line between the beer and head on top. Whoever gets closest doesn’t have to pay for the next round.


The practice is steeped in history, reaching back to 1855 when Arthur Guinness created his iconic dark ale. It started out as a way for friends and family to enjoy a pint together but soon evolved into something more than just a simple shared experience. It became a competition, with everyone vying to be the one who got closest to splitting the G. The person who succeeded was rewarded not only with good cheer but also with another pint bought by their friends or family (depending on who won).


Today, this tradition continues at pubs around the world. People still gather around a pint of Guinness and compete against each other to see who can come closest to splitting that famous ‘G’ on their first sip. While it’s certainly entertaining and encourages camaraderie among all participants, it also serves as an important reminder of where this beloved beer originated from – Ireland – and how far it has spread throughout the world today.


In addition to its historic roots, this competition carries symbolic meaning as well. For many people, it represents an expression of fellowship within a group or community and fosters feelings of connection and friendship among those taking part in it. Whether they’re trying out their luck at splitting the G for fun or hoping for another round of drinks from their opponents, this tradition gives us all reason to smile and share a laugh over our love for Guinness.

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