Bucket List Item Touring the Home of Guinness
PHOTO: Here you go. It’s on the house. (Photo courtesy Guinness)
It’s always a lovely day for a Guinness.
No matter what brings you to Dublin, especially on a CIE Tour, one thing holds true—a visit to the home of Guinness is in order.
You don’t have to be a fan of the creamy, dark stout vaguely reminiscent of coffee and malt to enjoy the tour — there’s a lot more going on here than meets the eye (or the taste buds) – but we won’t lie, nothing quite compares to a glass of the Black Stuff at the world-famous Gravity Bar.
The Guinness Storehouse, located in the heart of the St. James's Gate Brewery, takes visitors on an interactive journey through time starting with Arthur Guinness’ first foray into brewing more than 200 years ago when young Arthur, set up his first brewery with a 100-pound inheritance from his grandmother. It’s been history in the making ever since and today visitors to the Guinness Storehouse learn about Guinness and everything related to it by working their way through the world’s largest pint glass and the only one with a 9,000-year lease.
On the ground floor, visitors can stock up on all things Guinness at the Guinness Retail Store before heading up to hear the Arthur Guinness story and learn how Guinness has been transported across the globe since 1769. By the time visitors reach the second floor they may find themselves having worked up quite a thirst (Have a Guinness when you’re tired!).
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Conveniently, there’s a tasting station, where guests of the attraction can enjoy samples to help them better understand the various flavors that go into this iconic brew.
If Guinness isn’t to your taste (perish the thought!) then the third floor’s World of Advertising should fit the (toucan) bill. Here, visitors can peruse exhibits showcasing the groundbreaking and clever advertising that has been a hallmark of the brew for more than 80 years.
It’s on the fourth floor where things get really interesting. At the Connoisseur Bar, visitors can enjoy a tasting like none they’ve ever experienced, thanks to the expert staff who will walk them through a sampling and answer any and all Guinness-related questions. Think of them as your Guinness guides. Have 119.5 seconds to spare? Then you can learn how to perfect your pour at the Guinness Academy, where you’ll learn all about the six steps needed to achieve that oh-so-perfect pour.
Hungry yet? Then head for the Brewer’s Dining Hall where 18th- and 19th-century dining rooms meet fresh modern cuisine, or the 1837 Bar & Brasserie which serves up small plates and mains meant for sharing. Want something a little more traditional? Then stroll over to Arthur’s Bar, a traditional Irish pub where visitors can soak up the scenery and sample the many variants of Guinness, including the traditional drought, with its sweet aroma and coffee and malty nose.
The seventh floor is the piece de resistance, where the Gravity Bar serves up perfectly poured pints with 360-degree views of Dublin’s famed rooftops as the backdrop. Spend an afternoon or spend the day, and you’ll see why the Guinness Storehouse is one of Dublin’s most popular attractions.
My goodness, my Guinness!
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