On the second day of my trip to Dublin, I followed a new dear friend through town, visiting a few of the must-see sights and having a delicious lunch, finally ending up to the Guinness Storehouse, the Holy Grail of beer-drinkers and the Irish people. Trust me when I say I’m not exaggerating when I say the Irish really love their Guinness. I, personally, am not a beer-drinker, but I was positively surprised from this black-ish drink that so matched my soul and wardrobe. And every time (4 times) I drank it, it got better.
The entrance fee for a regular mortal is 20€, which includes a shot glass (in the tasting room) of Guinness and free, big pint of, surprisingly, Guinness, and access to a tour around the Storehouse at your own pace. I’d say that’s a good price, considering how gargantuan the building is. Especially after an entire day of walking. But there are places to sit down towards the midway and end of the tour. I definitely recommend the Panorama Bar, however, prepare for crowd, since it holds the best view over Dublin city.
I loved the Steampunk-vibe of this place! I think it is absolutely fantastic, that they still use some of the old machinery for brewing, and that the ingredients are purely Irish, and not mass-produced, as well as the beer itself. There was plenty of information about everything available, and an audio guide was available, but I think I got enough from this without it. It is an interesting subject, though beer is not by first, or second, choice of drink.
At the end of the tour, before the bar-area, there was a curious room. Even crazier than Alice In Wonderland kind of curious. It had whistling oysters and a fish on a bicycle. I am not even joking right now.
And finally, before the Panorama bar, you were taught to pour the perfect pint of Guinness, and you even received a certificate, that was said to replace your CV, in case you ever apply for bartending work in Ireland. Who knows when you need to?
After your Guinness is set to the black-ish color, you may grab your pint and head to the Panorama Bar to enjoy it, and the view of Dublin. Cheers!
Have you ever had a pint of the real Irish Guinness?