Going to the Guinness factory was definitely one of the highlights of being in Dublin. Honestly, how many can say they were at the top of a pint-structured building and got to enjoy a free pint at the top with a 360 degree view of Ireland? Okay, now I am just bragging…but I have rights to do so.
This place put the Jameson Distillery to shame. Sorry to all my whiskey lovers, but it is fact. Guinness was much larger and so interactive throughout the entire self-guided tour. The inside was shaped in circles and each level had something new or unique to offer. Either beer tasting, original brewing utensils, barrel production, or Guinness advertising. There was so much to see and you could take as much or as little time needed to get through every floor.
We spent a few hours walking through the entire building. There was so many things to see and plenty of educational plaques and videos to give us a little more of a perspective on the production of Guinness.
On one level, we found a beer tasting for one of the types of Guinness. The smokey picture below shows one of four circular structures in the tasting room. Each one gave of an aroma of an ingredient that gave Guinness the flavor it possesses. I stayed next to the “chocolate” smell. Yum!
We were all given sample sized versions of a Guinness glass and were taught how to drink the beer while getting the full flavor. I am not a beer connoisseur…I gave mine to someone else.
After seeing all the fun advertisements, we made our way back towards the next escalator. This was it, we were finally headed to the very top where we would have a full 360 degree view of Dublin. We have all heard so much about it, but we were finally making our way to see if for ourselves.
My friends and I ventured over to our professors who were already at the top with a table. The best part? We all cheered to our midterm being complete. I had a Guinness at the Gravity bar with my professors – I am not sure if that is completely awesome, or totally weird. Ah, who am I kidding? It was a little of both. (Mostly awesome, though).
I will admit, we took some sips because it took Rach, Emily, and I about 10 different takes to get it right. After that, Rach and I handed off our Guinness to a friend in our group. Let’s just say, we had probably 7 beer glasses in front of him. He was a happy camper, but if we got caught giving him more than one beer, Rach was deaf and I didn’t speak English. 🙂
Rachael, Brooke, Emily, and myself made our way out of the Guinness Factory to find some lunch and found a cute lunch spot called The Queen of Tarts.
We enjoyed a couple hours of coffee, baked goods, and some girl talk. This little bakery was incredible. Everything was delicious! I am definitely going back before we depart and head to Scotland.