Guinness Storehouse: Dublin’s Best Pint of Beer1/15/2011
The one must see attraction on my list in Dublin, Ireland was a short walk to the Guinness Storehouse. I trekked my way over to the legendary brewery to enjoy the purest, freshest, best-tasting pint of Guinness on God’s green earth! From being drowned in a sea of barley seeds to watching the waiter slowly pour my glass as my parched lips trembled and bled saliva, I enjoyed the courtship of learning about the history of The Guinness Factory
A bitterly cold late January afternoon presents a great opportunity to seek the indoors for some great beer and conversations. The Guinness Storehouse features seven stories of Guinness fun. Starting on the 1st floor, each floor explains the Guinness story from the beginning to present.
The first floor was one of my favorites.
A waterfall enhances the visual and auditory senses with the smell of fresh barley swirling in and out of my nasal cavity, captivating both body and mind. In that room I was afforded the opportunity to taste as much barley as my mouth could handle.
The next few floors described the history of Guinness. The floors are filled with facts and crowning achievements for the company. One of my favorites is about the St. James Gate Brewery. Arthur Guinness, the founder, leased the property in 1759 for 9000 years at the rate of $65 USD a year!
Other amazing Guinness facts include:
1. Guinness is brewed in over 150 countries worldwide.
2. Over 10 million glasses are sold each day.
3. The perfect pour takes 119.50 seconds, the result of pouring at a 45 degree angle followed by a rest.
4. The Guinness book of records is the best selling copyrighted book series of all time.
The high lite of my trip to the Guinness Factory was enjoying the freshest pint of Guinness overlooking a panoramic view of downtown Dublin. I spent about an hour on the first six floors and another hour on the top floor.
Watching the waiter pour heaven in a glass put my eyes in a fixed trance. Here is what a perfect pint of Guinness looks like.
Talking with other tourists over a glass of beer this good helped improve everyone's mood. The weather was soggy and cold, but the people were happier than I've ever seen them inside a bar.
The tour was fantastic and I enjoyed learning about one of the most famous brands of beer of all time. Dublin is truly a city built around one company, Guinness. Guinness in return, takes care of its people and community by reinvesting funds into the infrastructure of the city.
If you visit Dublin, you must visit The Guinness Storehouse!