The Queen and Prince Phillip have declined to sample a pint of Dublin’s finest Guinness at the city’s landmark brewery.
The English monarch had the ‘perfect pint’ poured by master brewer Fergal Murray at the Guinness Hop Store on Thomas Street.
But not a drop passed the lips of the most famous tourist in Dublin as she declined to indulge in Ireland’s favorite past-time unlike so many of her loyal subjects who flood Temple Bar every weekend.
But the Queen decided it was too early in the morning to run the risk of alcohol impairing her judgment in a packed schedule for the second day of her state trip.
Not even a master class in the art of Guinness brewing by Murray – who stopped short of revealing the firm’s trademarked secrets – could persuade the Queen to try a tipple.
Instead Prince Phillip enquired: “Is it made with Liffey water?”
Murray is reported to have replied: “It is pure and pristine from the Hills.”