A WISE MAN invented beer. A SMART MAN drinks it. But a GENIUS drinks GUINNESS.
I am definitely not ashamed to say that I enjoy a pint of the black stuff every once in a while. Guinness is my favorite beer and the story behind the Guinness Brewery makes it even better. Most people think it is too dark and heavy. What most people fail to realize is that Guinness has some of the lowest calories of almost any beer. It is one of the “lightest”. Guinness floats to the top of a black and tan for a reason, it is a lighter beer than most others, it definitely is not heavy. I will admit that it is an acquired taste for many, but for me, nothing tastes better.
Arthur Guinness founded Guinness in 1759 by leasing the factory for 45 Irish pounds per year for 9,000 years. The lease no longer is in effect as they have since bought all the property when they began expanding. Guinness is now owned by Diageo which formed during the merger of Guinness and Grand Metropolitan in 1997. They also own Smirnoff, Johnnie Walker, Baileys and 34% of Moët Hennessy.
Our trip to the Guinness Brewery was a special one as my wife’s brother who lives in Ireland was able to line us up with a VIP tour of the factory. Most tourists never even get to see the actual factory where Guinness is brewed. Tourists are routed to the Guinness Storehouse which is a great experience itself, but does not actually allow you access to the actual brewery.
Our tour on the other hand started in the original plant that is no longer used and we were guided through every area of the brewery by one of the Brew Masters of Guinness. Enjoy our special behind the scenes tour that most people do not get to experience.
If you would like to buy tickets for the standard Guinness Storehouse tour you can do that here.
The Guinness Brewery
The Guinness Storehouse
The Storehouse is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Dublin since opening in 2000. There are seven floors featuring the history of Guinness and a display on the first floor highlighting the key ingredients of water, barley, hops and yeast. Also featured is the chance to learn to pour the “perfect pint” complete with certificate which I proudly display in my home. The tour ends with a stop at the Gravity Bar where you get to try a pint of the black stuff and enjoy a 360 degree view of the city.
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