After being up since 4am I finally arrived into Dublin at half 7 in the morning ready and raring to go. Once I’d sorted out my accommodation there was only one obvious choice to start the day’s activities – the Guinness Storehouse!
A short walk from the centre of the city, the Storehouse is situated amongst cobbled streets and old brick buildings and horse drawn carriages await outside. The attraction can be busy, particularly during holidays and weekends so I’d recommend going early or getting a Dublin Pass which gets you fast track entry. The standard entrance fee including one complimentary pint of Guinness is 18EUR.
The interior of the Storehouse is particularly spectacular. They’ve kept the essence of its past but have brought it to life with the visuals and interactive displays.
The tour begins with an introduction to the four natural ingredients which are used to create Guinness. Probably the most striking thing you’ll notice when you walk in is the cascading waterfall in the middle of the room which represents the addition of water to the barley and hops.
Continue up to the next floor of the Storehouse and you’ll be taken through the brewing process. The barley is malted, roasted, milled, mixed with hot water and mashed. The mixture is then filtered off and boiled with hops. Then yeast is added and fermentation begins. As you progress through the tour it really makes you think about how much work goes into a pint of the black stuff!
Of course, the only way to truly appreciate a pint of Guinness is to taste it. Not only that, but taste it properly. Luckily the experts are on hand to show you the correct way. First you are led into a pure white room and handed a miniature glass of Guinness (the same size as professional tasters use). The guide will teach you how to taste the drink so you get the most out of the flavour and aroma.
As you make your way to the next floor up you can re-live all the iconic Guinness adverts. Guinness IS good for you.
If you fancy yourself as a bit of an aspiring bartender then head up to the Guinness Academy where you can learn the six-step process to pouring your own pint (which you get to drink of course).
However, if you prefer to have your Guinness served to you then worry not. Gravity Bar on the top floor offers amazing views of the city and is a great place to enjoy your complimentary pint.
Of course, your trip wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the extensive gift shop which has every kind of Guinness souvenir you could ever hope for. I opted for some Guinness flavored chocolate but probably could have bought the whole shop.
Even if you’re not a massive beer lover or aren’t keen on the tourist traps, I would still recommend giving the Guinness Storehouse a go. The inside of the building alone is definitely worth seeing, but it also gives you an insight into the brewing process. All in all, a worthwhile visit!