Apr 8, 2014

Dublin: The Guinness Storehouse Experience


After geeking out over all the books in The Long Room at Trinity College, we decided it was time to experience what many people come to Dublin for…the GUINNESS! Truth be told, D and I have never been fans of Guinness. Every time I'd tried it outside of Ireland, I felt like I was drinking a loaf of bread. It tasted malty and much too heavy to be one of those easy drinking beers you could have 3 of and barely bat an eye. But tasting a Guinness pint at the actual Storehouse? Totally different experience! The beer tasted sweet, yet subtle, heavier…but not overpoweringly so. It's true what they say…Guinness tastes better IN Dublin! In fact, the whole tour was quite wonderful. The Storehouse was huge and offered many options for experiencing Guinness history and the beer itself. We especially loved getting to "pour the perfect pint" at the Guinness Academy. I never knew beer pouring could be such a multi-faceted process! D and I had fun competing to see who poured the better pint. We agreed on a tie at the Storehouse (but I still not-so-secretly think I did a smidge better…hehe!).

After mastering our pouring skills, we took our pints up to the tippy top of the Guinness building to enjoy the views from their 360° Gravity Bar. The sun was still shining at this point, so we got some excellent views of the Dublin skyline…along with a nice cold pint to solidify our first Guinness experience. Guys, this one's a no-brainer. Even if you're not a beer fan, The Guinness Storehouse is just something you have to visit. 
It's more than just a brewery…it's an Irish way of life!

Admission price: €16.50 (or get 10% off if you pre-book online)
Comes with a free small taste and one complimentary pint.
Opening times: 7 days a week, 9:30am-5pm 

27 comments:

  1. This has been on my bucket list for forever now! I've only hear good things. The Gravity Bar looks amazing :)

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  2. The bar is the best part. A great view of the city!

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  3. I'm not a fan of beer at all but visiting a brewery must be interesting. I would definitely do that if I got the chance to!

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    1. You definitely should! It's just a super cool place, even if you don't love beer. :)

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  4. Your brewery tour looks like so much fun! Great photos :)

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  5. Okay I'm coming to Dublin right now, first stop- The Guiness Storehouse.
    Thank you!

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  6. I am not a big fan of beer but I think this brewery tour looks really fun! I love going on tours seeing how things are made is always so interesting.

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    1. Even if you're not a beer drinker, I think most people would love it. You're so right, it's fun to see how things are made!

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  7. This place looks fantastic! I swear you two do the coolest things. Such a lucky couple :) I love reading about all of your travels.

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  8. So fun! We went to the Guiness Storehouse when we visited last year, but it was super cloudy so you didn't get much of a view from the top like you guys did!

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  9. I had so much fun when I went but did not get to try and pour a pint which I am very bummed about!

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  10. I loved visiting the Guinness storehouse when I was in Dublin! That bar is possibly one of the coolest places to spend an hour - I loved it! (And I'm glad you did too!)

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  11. I've always thought glasses of Guinness looked so cool, even though I don't like the taste.

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  12. Check out your pouring skills, you go Casey!
    I can't believe I was lucky enough to have had an office Christmas party at the Storehouse, those were the days :)

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  13. i'm so glad you enjoyed this! i went a few years ago with friends, and even though it was a lot of fun none of us like beer, so we declined the free pints - what a waste, i know! x

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  14. What a great tour, I am not a beer drinker but hubby is and I think he would have liked this tour

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  15. You guys are seriously so cool. What a neat tour!

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  16. I totally agree. I'm not a huge fan of Guinness, but the tour is well worth it. We went there back when I studied abroad in 2001 (totally dating myself :)) and I have such great memories! The top overlooking the city is incredible. We didn't get to do the perfect pour! I wonder if we just missed it or if that's been a new addition in the past 13 years. Did they still have a wall where you could write on a postcard and put it up? We had a lot of fun looking at the postcards. We actually saw some from the college we attended which seemed like such a small world moment so far from the midwest. Ah, I've liked reliving those memories. :)

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  17. So fun! This was one of my most favorite parts of Dublin! The top level was great so you could see the entire city!

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  18. I heard it was better in Dublin! I can't stand it otherwise.

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  19. I love that you have that photo of St. Patrick's Cathedral. We spent a lot of time just hanging out on the green there. Absolutely beautiful!

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  20. I am not sure if it was jet lag, but I wasn't overly impressed with the Guinness Factory. I did, however, enjoy the "free" Guinness in the Gravity bar. I, like you, have never been a fan of Guinness but loved it while in Dublin. It is amazing how true the pour and a Guinness in Ireland makes it better. Great photos! Does make me want to give it another go:)

    Cheers,
    Alyson

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  21. I love Ireland! And this has nothing to do with the Guinness factory, but can you tell me where you get your hair done? I live in the KMC (stationed at Ramstein) and have yet to find a really good place to get a cut/color. Thanks so much! :)

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    1. Unfortunately, I've never had my hair done in Germany! I've always been able to plan my trips back home to include a hair appointment with my usual hair gal…but I am going to a guy named Stelio here in Wiesbaden for my first German hair salon experience tomorrow! I'll keep you updated! :)

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