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Slainte! Michelle Obama learns to pull a pint

May 24, 2011 at 10:33 AM ET

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President Barack Obama watches as First Lady Michelle Obama draws a pint at Ollie Hayes Pub in Moneygall, Ireland.

After sipping on some perfectly poured Guinness (a.k.a. “Irish Mother’s Milk”) yesterday, the first lady got behind the bar for a lesson in the delicate art of pulling a pint.

The Obamas, who were in the small town of MoneyGall, Ireland, to get a taste of the president’s Irish roots, visited Ollie Hayes’ pub. The blog Obama Foodorama recaps the scene:

Earlier, during the pub meet n' greet with newly met relatives and village notables, the President and Mrs. Obama had quizzed Hayes about stout protocol, so it makes sense that the First Lady would want to learn how to do a proper pull. Plus there's big Obama interest in beer: Their White House chefs are the first in more than 200 years of history to be homebrewers.

"I hear there's an art to it," President Obama said to his drinking companions about pulling a Guinness. They readily agreed, and told the President that Hayes is an expert.

"You tell me when it's properly settled, I don't want to mess this up," President Obama said, after Hayes presented him with a pint topped with an excellent head. "I want to get it perfect."

Want to pull your own perfect pint? Head to Dublin where the Guinness is so good you really can’t screw it up, or use these tips and remember that a slow pour is key!

Are you a fan of Guinness? Tell us where you've had the best pint!

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