Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Guinness Storehouse Tour and Lunch at 1837 Bar & Brasseries (Dublin, Ireland)

A visit to the Guinness Storehouse is one of the most popular things to do in Dublin, whether or not you're Guinness lovers. Growing up in Indonesia, I only remember two imported beers that were sold nationwide: Heineken and Guinness.
The Guinness Storehouse at St. James Gate is originally the fermentation plant of the brewery, built in 1902. It was closed in 1988 and they decided to reopen it as a visitor center. It opened in 2000.

First, though, I had lunch at 1837 Bar & Brasserie, one of the dining options in side the Guinness Storehouse.
I had local oysters with Guinness. If you think this is an unusual pairing, it isn't in Ireland! Oysters and stout was a popular pairing in the 19th century, the maltiness and creaminess of the stout complements the brininess. In fact, the restaurant's name 1837 is taken from the year that the pairing first made headlines.
Guinness Storehouse

Some scotch eggs to start
Guinness Storehouse
I did the self-guided tour and the installations are quite extensive.
Guinness Storehouse
It goes through the grains that are grown, the water, the barrels and cooperage that makes them.
Guinness Storehouse
There is also a fun installation of the previous advertising campaigns that Guinness had done. A lot of them are funny and worth checking out - there are also photo booths and interactive displays.
Guinness Storehouse
You end the tour at the Gravity Bar at the top with 360' view of Dublin! The Gravity Bar is the most crowded bar, as you can imagine. Everyone wants to hang out with this nice view in the background. The tour ticket comes with a pint of Guinness that you can redeem here! (You can also redeem it at the other bars if you want to avoid the crowd, but the Gravity Bar is worth at least visiting).
Guinness Storehouse

Don't forget to check out the land lease that Guinness displays on the floor of the lobby! The land was leased to Arthur Guinness in 1759 for 9000 years!


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