There’s nothing quite as immersive as experiencing hands-on the origins and processes of where a product comes from. And beer is no different. Available in over 120 countries, and brewed in almost 50, Guinness is one of the most successful alcohol brands in the world. Whether you’re a stout drinker, prefer something lighter, or don’t even drink alcohol, the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin is well worth a visit.
It all began at St. James’s Gate Brewery, founded by Arthur Guinness in Dublin in 1759 when he signed a 9,000-year lease. First constructed in 1902 as a fermentation plant, today the Guinness Storehouse is Ireland’s number one visitor attraction. Located in the heart of the brewery, the seven-story experience takes visitors on an interactive journey through the world’s largest pint glass, while they learn about the history, heart, and soul of this iconic drink.
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The tour begins at the heart of the storehouse, slowly working up through each level of the giant, pint-shaped glass. Along the way, visitors discover the history behind Guinness, and the brewing process that makes this drink so unique; learning about the special ingredients and the science that goes into making each pint so perfect. Part of the story that visitors can explore, is the archive of award-winning advertising campaigns and slogans. There are also various exhibition areas explaining other aspects like transport and sponsorship.
Visitors can try and pour their own pint in the Perfect Pint bar and taste some Irish cuisine in the Brewery Bar. But after traveling through 250 years of history, and being tempted with tasters of the Black Stuff throughout the brewing process, the tour ends at the Gravity Bar. Sitting at the top of the giant pint glass, many visitors refer to this part as their highlight. Spectacular panoramic views of Dublin can be enjoyed while you sit back and relax with a complimentary pint of Guinness.