Friday, February 15, 2013
ROC: The Auld Dubliner - A Properly Poured Pint of Guinness and Irish Fayre Available in Sunny Orange County
Although they have other amazing beers, ales, and even Magners Irish Cider on tap, it's all about the Guinness! On their doors, there are even stickers certifying the pub by Guinness as an establishment that serves the perfect pint of their brew. Guinness is poured at the Auld Dubliner either through a single pour as a flawless motion where it stops immediately at the brim and is placed before you in order to let the beer settle before consumption or a "two-stage" pour. The two-stage pour is when during the first stage, the bartender fills to around 70% of the glass. After the pour, the beer settles for a couple of minutes and then is topped with the second stage of pouring followed by thirty seconds to a minute of settling for a well-developed, foamy head. The purpose for the separate, two-stage pour is to fully develop both the body and the head for maximum flavor and texture. When a godly pint of Guinness was placed before me, another customer had wondered if the pint was actually a replica model as it looked divine; I wouldn't blame her.
Other than amazing libations offered at the pub, they offer some very delicious Irish dishes. Granted some of the items on their menu diverges from what's considered traditional such as Irish tacos. However, for being all the way out here in Orange County, they do offer plenty of Irish/UK authentic fare such as corned beef and bangers (sausages) & champ (mashed potatoes) along with condiments you typically won't find in the states such as HP sauce which is a brown sauce that has the consistency of steak sauce but tastes like Worcestershire sauce.
In addition to draught beers, they also have a great selection of Irish whiskeys, granted it is of course an Irish pub. Jameson and Bushmill's are standard and they carry other versions such as their more aged variants. In addition, they carry scotch whiskeys as well such as single-malt Macallan and blended-malt Johnnie Walker (pictured above is a neat pour of Johnnie Walker Black alongside a pint of settling Guinness).
The Auld Dubliner has big screens that show American football, basketball, soccer (or football however you want to call it - great to visit during the World Cup), and even rugby. If sports isn't to your liking, they have more private booths like the pubs in Ireland and the UK. My only gripe with the Auld Dubliner is with some, a good portion, of the music played through the speakers that consists of pop in which I'm not a big fan of, especially when I want to enjoy by myself a properly poured pint of Guinness at the bar. Of course, that music primarily caters to the chardonnay/pinot grigio/ vodka tonic swilling crowd of sorority girls. However, I bare through it like the rest of the guys as we would admit that without that music, the Auld Dubliner, or any other establishment where beer's the focus, would be a giant sausage fest, or in this case a "banger" fest (I apologize for that lame attempt of a joke). Pop music aside, the Auld Dubliner is a great place to hang with friends after work or even as a date place with your special lady (she's already special if she's a beer drinker). With traditional Irish dishes, bottles of whiskeys immediately available for consumption, and Guinness-certified pints; the Auld Dubliner is my favorite pub in Orange County and blows others right out of the water.