Carl had been amazing on this holiday and had indulged many of my requests to visit the old historical landmarks and attractions. Therefore, when he suggested visiting the world famous Guinness Storehouse, I knew I had to agree. In all fairness I enjoyed the experience far more than I had anticipated, as the building is rich in history.
The Guinness Storehouse is often referred to as the Guinness Hop store, and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ireland. People travel from all over the world, and I was amazed to see so many people of different nationalities enjoying the tour. The area that the storehouse is located within is incredible, and seeped with tradition.
St James Gate Brewery was founded in 1759 by Arthur Guinness, and has been the home of Guinness ever since the doors opened. This impressive brewery is the largest in Ireland, and covers a staggering 64 acres. Throughout the 19th and 20th century the brewery owned a huge majority of the surrounding properties, which were used by the employees.
The storehouse has only been opened since November 2000, and I was amazed to discover that it has received over four million visitors in that time. The building is magnificent, and although that was not why Carl wanted to visit, even he agreed that the seven floors leading to the glass atrium were amazing.
Every floor offers a different experience, and on the first floor we learnt about the ingredients that are included to make the perfect pint of Guinness. Yeast, hops, barley and water from the Liffy are all that goes into this popular beverage. As we wandered through to the other floors, we discovered the history behind the brewery, and the distinctive advertising that has been used for years.
I pointed out the interactive exhibit about responsible drinking to Carl, and I don’t think he was very impressed. As we approached the seventh floor, and the Gravity Bar Carls mood improved, as he knew he was getting closer to a pint of the black stuff. As I enjoyed the spectacular views of the city, Carl enjoyed his free pint of Guinness.
The Guinness Storehouse provided us with an insight to the brewing process of this world famous drink and fed my desire to learn more about Ireland and the rich culture that is around every corner. Without the Guinness family who knows what Dublin would be most famous for, and for that reason Arthur Guinness is considered to be a hero.
As we left the storehouse and made our way back to the hotel, Carl continued to explain how Guinness was an integral part of his holiday. This led to use calling into one or two bars on the way home, and enjoying the local hospitality once more. Ireland is a fantastic place and somewhere that we will return to in the future.