Do you like Guinness? Dublin is the perfect place for you to visit
If you say Ireland... you say Guinness...
"My goodness my Guinness", says one of the most famous Guinness adverts. I'm a lover of this dark beer and its creamy foam, so when in these past days with my friends we started to talk about an impossible road trip to Ireland all together, my first thought went to the beer.
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The dark beer for excellence, Guinness is made with water, barley, roast malt extract, brewer's yeast and hops. Unlikely most beers, Guinness is made with a blend of nitrogen/CO2 instead of .just carbon dioxide, which gives it a more creamy texture, and makes it less sparkly. Nitrogen is also the reason why there's a ball inside Guinness' cans.
The foam is thick and creamy, the taste is slightly bitter and refreshing. The average ABV is between 4.1 and 5.0 depending on the country and on the variety. It's overall very drinkable and it's still one of the beers I can drink relentlessly without feeling sick.
Of course I would like to see where everything started and know more about how my favourite beer is made. And this is possible in Dublin, at the Guinness Storehouse.
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Since 1759, Guinness beer has been produced in Dublin, in St. James's Gate Brewery. Initially Sir Arthur Guinness brewed ales, then porter and single and double stouts in the mid 1800s. The brewery opened its gate to visitors in 2001 and since then over 20m people visited the location.
Obviously the Guinness Storehouse is more a museum than a proper brewery, for hygienic reasons visitors are not allowed to closely see the making process, but there's plenty of stuff to see, to learn more about one of the most loved beers ever.
The Guinness Storehouse shows every aspect of Guinness beer production, from the ingredients, that the visitors can touch and smell, to the making procedure, the barrels and the transport. There's an area dedicated to Guinness' amazing advertisements, and of course an insight to Sir Arthur Guinness' life. The end of the tour is at the Gravity bar, on top of the building, where it's possible to admire a panoramic view of Dublin sipping the pint of beer included in the ticket.
Other Guinness themed experiences are available, like a visit to The Connoisseur bar, where in an old style location, you can learn more about the ingredients that makes this beer unique, through a sensorial experience. There's also the Guinness academy, where it's possible to learn how to pour the perfect pint, and have a certificate. Degustations can also be booked. Obviously there's a shop, where you can buy Guinness merchandise, and a there's also the possibility to order a personalized pint of beer with a selfie of you impressed in the foam...
Tickets starts from 15 Euro for a regular visit (a pint of beer is included in the price), to 30 Euro for a more in-depth experience (two pints of beer are included in the price).
Join us at the Guinness Storehouse to experience the history, heart, and soul of Ireland’s most iconic beer.