Once inside the warehouse, we were greeted with floor after floor of Guinness history and opportunities to sample this Irish classic. Being the foodies that we were, we decided to head straight up to the 5th floor first for some Guinness inspired lunch. Of course, a half pint was consumed and we both enjoyed a delicious lunch of Mackerel pate and Seafood chowder, all accompanied by slices of Guinness bread.
The warehouse is huge, and over the next few hours we learnt all about how Guinness is made, the history behind the brand, saw numerous adverts and memorabilia from over the years, and my personal highlight, getting behind the bar and pouring myself a perfect pint. We were each given a certificate to document this, and mine now sits proudly on top of my desk!
A couple of interesting facts for you: Arthur Guinness first started brewing ales in 1759 and in December that year, he signed a 9000 year lease for the unused brewery. Like all stouts, Guinness is made from water, barley, hops and yeast, however it is the roasting of the barley that gives Guinness it's unique dark colour. Finally, did you know there are numerous varieties of Guinness and it is now brewed in almost 50 countries worldwide (although everyone says you can't beat the authentic taste of an Irish pint)!
If you ever get the chance to stay in Dublin, then I'd highly recommend a visit to the Guinness factory. Admission is only €16.50 (13 for students) and includes a pint of Guinness too. It was fascinating to learn more about the history of this Irish drink, and we had so much fun pouring our perfect pints in the Academy and enjoying the 360° panoramic views of Dublin upstairs in the Gravity bar.
Have you ever been to Ireland? What was the highlight of your trip?