Guinness is synonymous with Dublin. Everyone knows the dark, creamy beer, famous the world over. Prior to my trip to Dublin, I’d never been a huge fan, I’m typically a lager drinker. Of course, when in Rome, you do as the Romans do. So, Paul and I headed to the Guinness Storehouse to learn how the beer is made and drink a fresh pint!
THE GUINNESS STOREHOUSE TOUR
The Guinness Storehouse is a quick walk from the main city center of Dublin (the whole city is very walkable – I’ll share a guide with you all soon!). Located in St. James Gate, the brewery is the largest in the world; their annual output is 1.2 million barrels!
I’ve heard rumors that the wait to enter the tour can be hours long! But since we arrived in late autumn, there was essentially no line! Tickets to the tour include a pint – they have a blonde as well, for those of you who don’t want the regular dark beer.
Immediately upon entering you feel the enormity of the brewery and a buzz of energy. They’ve done a great job of making the museum fresh, fun, and informative. As you make your way through the exhibit, you’ll learn about the ingredients used, the brewing process, and the vast history of the Guinness family and the brewery.
At the end of the tour you have two options for getting that fresh, cold, delicious pint (yes, I’m a Guinness lover now… although, will it really taste as good in the states?!). 1. You can have a bartender pour your pint or 2. You can learn to pour your own, perfect pint! I highly recommend learning to pour your own – afterwards, they’ll give you a certificate!
ENJOY A PINT AND ENDLESS VIEWS
Now you’re free to enjoy your Guinness! You can drink it in the lounge (where you learned to pour) or you can head up to the 360 Gravity Bar! Definetly go to the Gravity Bar! It’s on the 7th floor and has endless views of Dublin. There are so many great spots for photos of some of Dublin’s most popular points of interest.
Initially we took the tour because, hey, we’re in Dublin. But afterwards, we realized we actually really like the beer! For the majority of the trip, we continued to order Guinness. It’s really impressive how much of a lasting impact they’ve had on their community, and the world! AND, Guinness just happens to be vegan friendly – major win!
Do you like Guinness?! Does it taste the same in your home country?