Before the advent of the famous widget in Guinness cans to give them a good head when poured, you had to use a syringe to get the perfect pour at home.
In 1978 Guinness introduced the ‘Creamer’ or ‘Surger’ syringe that you would get with a pack of bottles or cans. You would pour the bottle into a pint glass, then remove some of the Guinness using the syringe, and then inject it back from a few inches up to give it a head.
It’s a fairly unique way to get the perfect pour at home and just goes to show how seriously people take their Guinness.
Here’s a demonstration using a similar device showing how it works.
We asked a few Publiners if they remembered it and we also have memories of playing with Granddad Publin’s one from when he visited. Here’s what the remember about it.
@publinie yep – there was a black syringe. Didn’t really work
— Joe O’Shea (@josefoshea) April 12, 2015
@publinie You got them with cans of Guinness, you drew some out and injected it back in to get the head, if I remember correctly.
— Matthew Lysaght (@MatthewLysaght) April 12, 2015