The word Guinness is one that is associated around the world with Ireland and is a cultural symbol for the emerald isle! It is a dry stout, originating in the famous brewery of Arthur Guinness in the 18th Century. The characteristic burnt flavour is derived from roasted barley, and is drank the world over to the tune of over a billion pints a year! With its distinctive creamy head and strangely refreshing flavour, Guinness is still the drink of choice in Ireland, with millions of pints being poured in pubs and bars around the country every year.
Whilst we strongly recommend the “cultural enrichment” of sampling a few pints of Guinness in its rightful home, the famous Guinness storehouse is an attraction not to be missed on a tour of Dublin, and we highly recommend a visit to Ireland’s number one visitor attraction. The storehouse will immerse you into the history of the Guinness brand, a remarkable story of the growth of a relatively small enterprise into a global brand sold in over 150 countries. Blending industrial revolution era buildings with modern technology, your journey will start at the bottom of the world’s largest pint glass, which spans the height of the buildings seven storeys and would hold an impressive 14.3 million pints of Guinness! Arthur Guinness signed a 9000-year lease on the brewery when it was founded, and the lease is available to view at the beginning of your journey, as it also marks the beginning of the journey of the Guinness brand itself.
Although the logistics of producing Guinness for the world market are enormous and make use of equipment worth hundreds of millions, in its essence the process can be easily understood. Guinness is made from four main ingredients; barley, yeast, hops and water. In a fascinating part of the tour, you will be guided through the entire process step by step by a master brewer. They will explain the intricacies of the brewing process and answer any questions you may have, showing how these four basic ingredients combine with both modern technology and ancient techniques to create something special. Guinness is transported to over 150 countries, and it is essential that it retains its exquisite flavour throughout the journey. Highly skilled coopers created the wooden barrels, which were then transported on horses, ships and trains to their destinations. Learn how all these methods were used in this exciting part of the tour.
Now you know the process behind the creation of a pint of Guinness, you’ll be even better suited to enjoying a pint as a true connoisseur, and even to pour your own under the supervision of an expert on the fourth floor after which you will receive a certificate demonstrating your competence! Feeling hungry? There is a long tradition of using Guinness as a base for all kinds of delicious dishes, and we highly recommend that you recharge at the brewers dining hall with a beef and Guinness stew or one of the many other culinary delights on offer. Finally, to put a cap on a truly memorable experience, head to the gravity bar. You can enjoy a perfect pint of Guinness whilst taking in breathtaking panoramic views of the city, what a perfect end to a day to remember.
On our Dublin City Tour you will get to visit the Guinness Storehouse.