If you’re in Dublin, Ireland – you really do need to check out the Guinness Storehouse. It is a known tourist attraction and when I was given the same advice I thought – meh – beer; but so glad I made the time to check it out. You’ll be glad you did too because the facility itself is a work of art.
The building was constructed in 1902 – and was the first multi-story steel-framed building to be constructed in Ireland. Then in 1997 the building became the brewery’s visitor center. Seven stories high and surrounding a glass atrium, each level has its own personality with interactive experiences that fuse brewing history with the history of Ireland.
The mission of the Guinness Storehouse is to explain the history of beer. This starts out with introducing the four ingredients of beer (water, barley, hops and yeast); telling the story with beautiful (not to mention large scale!) visuals.
I loved where on one of the upper levels featured the history of Guinness advertising with the fun, colorful and informative Gilroy’s Circus. In addition to all of these wonderful displays and to be sure the facility covers all five senses, there are four cafes and restaurants.
The price of your admission includes pouring your own pint and a certificate stating that you “crafted the perfect pint of Guinness”. It take 119.5 seconds to pour and serve a Guinness properly. One of the team members at the Guinness Academy will walk you thru the 6 steps and you will receive a hard copy of your certificate! The six-step ritual is as legendary as the beer itself.
On the top floor is the beautiful Rooftop Gravity Bar that offers a great view of Dublin. When you’re ready to head out, be prepared to wait in line if you plan to pick up any souvenirs in the gift shop. Visiting the Guinness Storehouse lived up to its reputation as a really well done tourist destination in Dublin.