A visit to Guinness Storehouse – Home of the Black Stuff!

Guinness is known worldwide for its dark coloured beer and visiting its brewery was our topmost priority, when we were in its hometown.

GuinnessIt was started in 1759, by the beer mastermind Arthur Guinness, using his unique recipe of just four ingredients (Water, barley, hops and yeast) and is now sold worldwide even after hundreds of years of its beginning. Whether you are a beer fan or not, this is a must do, as the museum showcases the entire process of beer brewing, step by step. After deciding to take the tour, we were eagerly waiting to enjoy our free pint of Guinness with the best view of the Dublin city ;).

GuinnessThe tour takes you through the seven floors of this building, called “The Atrium” which is the largest pint glass in the world (holds upto 14 million pints of Guinness!!!). The famous 9000-year-old lease, which Arthur Guinness signed on 31st December 1759, to use the property at St. James’s Gate is displayed on the ground floor.

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Arthur Guinness’s lease agreement!

GuinnessAs the tour starts we are taken through various information regarding the raw materials used and the process involved in brewing of the finest beer. As it turns out 100,000 tones of Irish grown barley is purchased every year by the Guinness and only the highest quality barley, hops are used and is brewed using malted, unmalted and roasted barley. And about the yeast used in brewing, which is referred as “National Treasure: Arthur’s Yeast” is grown at St. James’s Gate and some amount of yeast is transferred from each brew to the next to maintain the consistency. Since yeast is a very valuable ingredient used in brewing it is kept in a locker named as “Director’s Safe”.

Irish barley which is used in brewing!

Irish barley which is used in brewing!

“The Director’s Safe!”

“The Director’s Safe!”

GuinnessThe water used in brewing Guinness comes from the Wicklow Mountains and on an average of eight million litres of water comes to this brewery. Finally, after malting, roasting, milling and fermentation, the beer is filtered and is ready to be packed and sold!

GuinnessGuinnessAs we walked up the tour we came across some more interesting facts of how Guinness is packed and shipped across the globe and their innovative way of advertising. And then we entered the tasting room were we taught the right way to drink and enjoy a beer! Later we were taught how to pour a perfect pint of Guinness and voila! We were pros at “Pouring a perfect pint” ;).

My first attempt in crafting a perfect pint!

My first attempt in crafting a perfect pint!

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And I am certified at crafting a perfect pint!

And I am certified at crafting a perfect pint!

And here comes the last but best part of the tour. We get to enjoy our perfectly poured pint up the “Gravity Bar” with the 360-degree panoramic view of the Dublin city! We sipped on our pint and watched the city turn gold as the sun set over it and mingled along with the rest of the crowd and enjoyed our evening.

View from the Gravity bar!

View from the Gravity bar!

GuinnessWe had an amazing time touring and learning so much about this iconic Irish beer.  The price of the ticket for the tour starts from €14 and you are allowed to tour the brewhouse in your phase and spend as much time as you want to inside. For more details visit: https://www.guinness-storehouse.com/en

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24 Comments

  1. August 26, 2016    

    Though I am not a big fan of Guinness, I guess I would still do this tour for the novelty of it. 🙂 Congrats on the certificate.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      August 28, 2016    

      Thanks Ami! Don’t miss out on this if you are visiting Dublin! 🙂

  2. August 26, 2016    

    Nice post. I would love to try this beer.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      August 28, 2016    

      Thanks Manu! Try it, you won’t be disappointed! 🙂

  3. You just reminded me of our time at Guinness Store House girl … I don’t like the taste though ..

  4. August 31, 2016    

    I did this when I was in Dublin and it was such a fun experience! It was right before Christmas and I went a little crazy in the gift shop buying my family souvenirs! My favorite was the tasting at the top! Such a fun day!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      August 31, 2016    

      Totally agree with you Megan! Tasting was one of the highlight of the tour! 🙂

  5. August 31, 2016    

    Now I do love a brewery tour – they are such fascinating places – and I must admit to enjoying a drop or two of stout. So this is right up my street! Is it true that Guinness tastes better in Ireland? I like the sound of the views over Dublin too. A good day out by the sound of it.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      August 31, 2016    

      Yes, definitely! Guinness tastes better in Dublin than anywhere in the world! 🙂

  6. August 31, 2016    

    The last Guinness that I drank was at the Gravity Bar! That was such a cool tour and unique history.

  7. August 31, 2016    

    I do enjoy a Guiness once in a way, and this looks and sounds like a cool experience! I’d love to do it someday!

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      September 5, 2016    

      You have visit the storehouse and go on this tour! We assure you you won’t be disappointed Aparna.. 🙂

  8. September 1, 2016    

    It is a fascinating and heady trip no doubt. Would love to craft my own Pint and get a certificate in return too 🙂 On a serious note, I really liked the details of how the Guiness we all know, takes shape.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      September 5, 2016    

      Thank you so much Vyjay! 🙂

  9. September 1, 2016    

    i can still remember arriving into Dublin late at night and heading straight to a bar for my first authentic Guinness. Not a fan at all but I still needed to do it. I would love to do this tour though and what a great addition to be able to pour your own. Pouring guinness is certainly no easy feat.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      September 5, 2016    

      Pouring our own pint was absolutely amazing! And Guinness tastes its best when had in Dublin!! 😉

  10. September 1, 2016    

    Unfortunately I am not a fan of beer but I imagine for beer lovers experience like that is very exciting.

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      September 5, 2016    

      True Nina! Just walking around and listening and reading all those history of this brand is itself a fun!

  11. September 1, 2016    

    I have been to Dublin a few times and never done this, probably because I hate Guinness. If I’d known there was a bar with a view mind I would have gone. Did you know by the way that allegedly Irish mothers dip the dummies in Guinness to smooth babies?

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      September 5, 2016    

      Oh! We are hearing this for the first time Anne! That’s sounds quite interesting thou… 🙂

  12. September 2, 2016    

    We went to the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin last year and loved it!
    The Gravity bar is a win and enjoyed the section with all the old advertising and interactive displays.
    Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      September 5, 2016    

      WE think Gravity bar is the best part of the tour!! We hope enjoyed reading our post Lisa! 🙂

  13. September 3, 2016    

    HUGE fan of Guiness beer. I only drink craft beer or Guiness & Hoogarden. This looks fun, god job on it ! 😀

    • 2travellingsisters 2travellingsisters
      September 5, 2016    

      Thank you Thuymi! 🙂

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