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Heading to Dublin? You must visit the Guinness Storehouse.
It’s the city’s most popular destination, and it’s not hard to imagine why. The company’s history is as good as the drink itself.
In 1759, a young Irishman inherited what would be about the equivalent of $150. With that, he started a company that specialized in just one product. Yep, you guessed it. Beer. Guinness is now sold in over 150 countries and is even available in fur-flung destinations like Siberia. And if you were in Siberia, couldn’t you go for a pint?
The Guinness Storehouse isn’t so much a brewery as it is a cultural experience. A tour of the seven-floor building will walk you through brewing methods, history, their legendary ad campaigns, plus some hands-on activities. I’m sure you’ve always wanted to learn how to pour a Guinness. Great news– you can learn at the Guinness Academy, where an expect will teach you the six-step ritual to pouring a perfect pint.
My favorite spot in the whole joint was the Gravity Bar. Located high atop the city, this beautiful room boasts floor to ceiling windows, offering a 360 degree view of Dublin. If it’s a little too crowded for you, no worries– there are a few more bars and restaurants throughout the building for a more low-key beer drinking experience.
Tickets to the Guinness Storehouse are offered at a sliding scale. It’s cheaper in the morning than in the afternoon… hey, I say you’re on vacation, so why not go early and enjoy a 10am beer at a discounted price?! Admission includes a pint of the good stuff, which I’m sure you’ll enjoy after learning about how this iconic brand came to be.
Have you been to the Guinness Storehouse? Share your experience in the comments!