A visit to Guinness Storehouse – Home of the Black Stuff!
It 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 ;).
The 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.
As 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”.
The 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!
As 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” ;).
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.
We 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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