You can’t very well travel to Dublin without touring the Guinness Storehouse. It’s like the country’s national pastime. Next to a four-leaf clover and a leprechaun, I can’t think of a more Irish symbol than Guinness.
It’s not like the Fosters situation in Australia, when the locals don’t actually drink the beer most associated with the country (Australian for beer? Not so much, I was told while visiting).
No, the Irish treasure their Guinness, as evidenced in that video on my last post (“No bubbles!” – which makes it go down smoothly- and quickly).
According to Wikipedia, it’s the best selling alcoholic drink in Ireland. That’s nothing to sneeze at!
Touring the Guinness Storehouse
The seven-story facility operates more like a museum than a traditional brewery tour. Gliding through each floor, you’ll learn about the origins of Guinness (in Arthur Guinness’s brewery) at St. James Gate in Dublin and its evolution into a multi-billion dollar international brand.
Made from four ingredients: water, yeast, hops and barely, you’ll discover how the magic brew is created and transported. The advertising gallery celebrates award-winning Guinness ads.
The building itself is historic and an important part of Ireland’s heritage.
Reaping the fruits of our labor at the panoramic Gravity Bar
If you’ve ever toured any sort of adult beverage facility, you may agree that the best bit is the tasting. In the case of Guinness Storehouse, the experience culminates in a sky bar with sweeping views of Dublin.
All of that beer education- all of those wall-sized images of deliciously inviting stout – leaves you craving a cold one for yourself. Sweet anticipation meets sheer joy when you enter the Gravity Bar and hand in that free beer ticket, claiming your very own Guinness. It’s like liquid dessert!
Not to mention the amazing setting… The bar offers stunning 360 degree views of the city. A perfect ending to a perfect day.
A ticket to the Guinness Storehouse costs €16.50 or €14.85 online. The price includes a free pint of Guinness in the Gravity Bar. Mmmmmm…..
Are you a Guinness lover? Hater? Never tried it? What are your experiences touring a brewery, winery, whisky factory, etc?