IN A NUTSHELL
St. James Gate Brewery in Dublin is the home of the delicious dark
draught of Guinness. This brewery was first established in
1759 by Arthur Guinness, who leased the land for 9,000 years.
WHAT: Guinness Brewery at St. James Gate.
WHERE: Dublin, Ireland.
WHY: This is where they brew Guinness!! Also
Ireland's number one tourist attraction.
WHEN: Drop by anytime for a pint!
HOW: International flights into Dublin Airports.
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The St. James Gate Brewery is gigantic, and the mass quantity of
beer being brewed there makes the whole facility, and all the blocks
around it, smell like hops. At the heart of the brewery is the
Guinness Storehouse, which is the number one visited tourist
attraction in all of Ireland. The Storehouse encompasses a
seven floor self-guided museum topped by a bar.
On the ground floor, visitors learn about the four basic ingredients
of Guinness: water, barley, hops, and yeast. The tour then
winds its way up the floors and through exhibits focusing on
everything from Guinness advertising over the years and the many
different types of bottles used in the beer's history.
In 2006, a new wing opened in the Storehouse, offering the public a
look into the brewing process and also a tasting laboratory where
visitors learn to savor the taste of Guinness.
The tour ends at the Gravity Bar, a bar at the top of the brewery
which offers a 360 degree view of Dublin. It is here that
visitors of legal age can sip a free pint of Guinness as a reward
for completing the tour.
Overall, the Guinness Storehouse is special only in that you can
feel the history of the St. James Gate Brewery. Just
approaching the complex, you are engulfed in the smell of hops and
are in awe of the huge brick buildings.
But the Storehouse itself is unremarkable and hugely disappointing.
The exhibits try to put on a modern air with the liberal use of
glass and steel, and border on the abstract with big plastic bins
full of barley. Where the visitor expects copper vats and
colorful Irishmen, he instead receives advertisements and open air
galleries challenging visitors not to drink to excess. I'm all
about drinking within your limits, but to have to pay money for a
museum where one whole floor is dedicated to this?
At the end, you do get your complimentary pint to compensate you for
wasting your time on the first six floors, but again, the Gravity
Bar is a bit disappointing. At any other place I would welcome
a seventh floor bar with a great view. Unfortunately, Dublin
is not a beautiful town, and lacks the notable skyline landmarks of
a Munich or a
Again, call it cliché, when I visit a 250-year old brewery in
Ireland, I expect to drink my free pint in a dark-wood paneled room
with overstuffed chairs and a fireplace or at least a dartboard.
The Guinness Storehouse is a must-see event in Ireland not because
it is grand, but only because everyone else does it and that will be
the first question out of anyone's mouth when you say you just came
back from Ireland.