I don’t like Guinness beer! OK, at least, this was my former thinking before ever stepping foot on the soil of my Irish ancestors’ on my first trip to Dublin many years ago. I now have a long-standing love affair with the creamy smooth black liquid gold that is perfected each day at the Guinness Storehouse. Having a pint (or two, or three) of the “black stuff” in Dublin on St. Patrick’s day is a profound and quite possibly life-altering experience, and if you have one of them bucket lists, place this one near the top.
Besides U2, Van Morrison and fine whiskey, Guinness beer is the biggest and greatest export that this small emerald country has produced. So, of course, this celebrated beer making meg-god would create the most visited attraction in all of Dublin at the Guinness Storehouse.
Designed as a perfect pint of “Irish Champagne” from floor to ceiling. The Guinness Storehouse tour is not like any other attraction, Dublin or anywhere else, with rich Irish story-telling, awesome interactive exhibits and, of course, a pint of Guinness waiting for you at the best view in all of Dublin.
Much like the four marshmallow shapes of hearts, moons, stars and, of course, four-leaf clovers in each box of Lucky Charms, the Guinness Storehouse has four outstanding areas to have an unforgettable beer-filled escapade.
Blinded by Science
Science class was never this much fun. You will go into a multisensory overload as you step into the second-floor Willy Wonka-ish Tasting Experience room to get a step-by-mouth-watering sensation of beer making brilliance, by actually smelling how the beer is conceived. Rise to the fourth-floor and gain some heavy knowledge in the Art of Pour room as you actually learn how to pour the perfect pint as instructed by Guinness pouring experts.
Burgers & Brews
Taking great culinary inspiration from the 18th and 19th-century dining halls at St. James Gate, Brewers Dinning Hall and Gilroy’s Bar offer foodies well-loved Irish dishes, as well as iconic Guinness infused classics, such as the famed Beef and Guinness stew.
Next to the artisanal superiorly crafted stout, the other star of the entire tour has to be the epic 360 degree views high atop the Gravity Bar. As the tour winds down, you will head up to the top floor of the Guinness Storehouse and claim your free pint that comes with your tour ticket, savoring each drop of the black stuff, all while gazing at a panoramic view of Dublin’s historic rooftops. Best view in the city!
Nectar of the God’s
Saving the best for last! The main attraction itself, the blackest, yet most vibrantly colored beer takes center stage. One of the main reasons why a Guinness tastes so much better in Ireland is not only the locally made freshness of the beer, the quality controlled taps and educated bartenders all aid one the most satisfying beers in the world. After almost 300 years of making the world’s most popular stout, Guinness Brewery is not just a one trick pony. The Guinness branding continues to grow and flourish with such recent successes with American Blonde Lager and their latest creation of the Guinness Nitro IPA, which features a unique blend of carbon dioxide and nitrogen, along with finely blended hops for a bold Irish taste.
For the past 15 years, the Guinness Storehouse has welcomed over 13 million visitors, with 93 percent being international visitors. So sláinte (cheers in Gaelic) to another worldwide celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and the ever delicious and nutritious Guinness beer.