Ireland. The things that come to mind when considering all things Irish can include Leprechauns, four leaf clovers and of course Guinness.
Created by Arthur Guinness, Guinness has been an Irish institution for centuries and the Storehouse is a fitting tribute to this great marque. The Storehouse building was the fermentation plant originally, opening way back in 1902 and was in use up until 1988, when a new plant was built.
Located in St James Gate, the Storehouse is a 20-30 minute walk from the Temple Bar area of Dublin. The Storehouse gives a bit of a history lesson on how Guinness makes its beer, across multiple floors – there are 7 in all. You’ll also find out more about the main man Arthur Guinness, view the advertising history and arguably the best part of the tour – learn to pour your very own “perfect pint”.
Some interesting facts about pouring a pint of Guinness “correctly” include starting the pour with the pint on approximately a 45 degree angle until nearly half full. At this point you put the pint to the side and wait to allow the beer to settle before finishing off the pour, all up taking around 80 seconds. I always find it oddly riveting to sit and watch the thick Guinness liquid filtering down the pint for a good few moments before I tuck right in!
The tour ends up at the Gravity Bar which is a round room, (queue the jokes about finding the corner) giving fantastic views of Dublin, with a signposted map around the outer balcony to help you pick out places like Temple Bar, the River Liffey or Aviva Stadium to name a few.
Be sure to pay a visit to the on site shop in case you fancy a souvenir to take home with you. All in all the Guinness Storehouse is a great way to spend a few hours of an afternoon whilst learning a little more about this famous Irish legend.