Source - A BELFAST pub is pulling out all the stops - and the pints - to keep spirits up for those living in lockdown with a door-to-door Guinness delivery service.
The Hatfield House on Ormeau Road in south Belfast has been delivering freshly-poured pints of Guinness to customers across the Northern Irish capital since the coronavirus pandemic prompted the temporary closure of all pubs.
Using a state-of-the-art van kitted out with a portable tap system, the service was created to help cater to those missing the distinctive taste of a perfectly poured pint of the black stuff.
Customers simply call up Hatfield House, place their orders the day before delivery and, before they know it, a fresh pint of Guinness is on its way.
Mobile bar staff are also careful to ensure it’s a contact-free service too, with drinks poured on location into plastic glasses by bar staff wearing latex gloves which are then left on the doorstep.
It's at moments like these that a people can define who they are. When they can submit to fear, give in to their worst instincts, or to take it as an opportunity to bring out the best in themselves. To show their true qualities. To say with one voice they will not go quietly into the night. They will not vanish, without a fight. They are going to live on. To endure. And allow their culture and their response to this crisis be a beacon to the world. That's what the people of Belfast are doing with this endeavor. And not since The Troubles stopped and the healing began has there been a more poignant and important moment on that isle.
In the words of the great Patton Oswalt, you can have the best poured Guinness money can buy in the States, but you'll never get one like they have over there. That it's like a milkshake mixed with a handjob. I've been planning to find out if that's true first hand by visiting Dublin and the Ring of Kerry this summer, a trip that's now very much in doubt because one of our Air BnB's has already canceled. But suffice to say if these are the kinds of people running the pubs, I am getting at the earliest possible time once the travel bans are lifted.
I'm still proud of the way citizens of our own country are responding to this crisis. Not the least of whom are the food deliverers, including my own son who's stuck at home from his freshman year and just started today. But we can't truly say the epidemic has brought out the best in us until we can get fresh poured Guinness brought right to our doors without having to get off our lazy asses. Let's get going on that, America.