Visitors to the Guinness Storehouse, in Dublin, can now have their selfie picture replicated in the head on their pint of the black stuff.
The STOUTie, available from today, uses technology to add natural malt extract to the top of the Guinness pint to create the chosen design. The stout provides the perfect canvas for a sepia-toned selfie.
The launch of The STOUTie coincides with the return of International Stout Festival, a four-day beer experience taking place from today until Sunday.
As well as being among the first to get their STOUTie, visitors will also be treated to a special line-up to celebrate all things stout. These feature diverse and colourful beer experiences, stout-inspired menus, complimentary food pairings, and tastings of stout beers, all included in the general admission price.
The Guinness brewers will also reveal a limited-edition, celebratory new stout, which will be available at St. James’s Gate Brewery throughout the festival.
Innovation and experimentation
Stephen Kilcullen, head of quality and master brewer at Guinness, said: “Here at the home of Guinness we are at the heart of innovation and experimentation. Guinness Draught was the first beer to use nitrogen and we are really proud to introduce The STOUTie today, as another exclusive way to enjoy our market-leading beer.
“The nitrogen bubbles are tiny and, because of this, form beautiful layers of creamy smoothness, creating a long-lasting head and resulting in the distinctive cascade of millions of bubbles now known as the ‘surge and settle’.
“The iconic creamy head of Guinness is the perfect canvas for The STOUTie and where else would you get this perfect pint experience other than at the Guinness Storehouse?”
STOUTies are made possible by Ripples technology, which combines patented 3D printer mechanics with ink-jet printing.