Guinness – The beer of records

When coming to Dublin or anywhere in Ireland there’s one delight you simply can’t miss and that’s the famous Guinness beer of course. Tourists coming to Dublin usually visit the brewery and buy a ticket for a guided brewery tour around the Guinness Storehouse. By the way I have to tell you an interesting fact first of all. It is proved that after having drunk we speak a foreign language with ease and scientists conform that indeed. But what I wanted to tell you today are some facts about the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin and its worldwide popular beer.

The story of Guinness

It was Arthur Guinness himself who invented the beer in the 18th century. He tried to copy the English Porter beer and kept on experimenting till he finally succeeded and the Guinness beer was invented. Even James Joyce once upon a time called it the wine of Ireland. But Arthur Guinness whose descendants today are one of the richest families in Ireland invented not only the beer but also the Guinness Book of Records. He started collecting curious stories about incredible achievements in sports, arts, science and many other fields offering his guests interesting things to talk about while drinking Guinness beer in the pub. The Guinness Storehouse was a humanitarian organization which for instance also invested money for renovating the St. Patricks Cathedral in Dublin. Today it also organizes different manifestations like the traditional Oysters Festival which takes place every summer in Galway. On this picture here you can see the main entrance of the Guinness Storehouse which is as black as its beer.

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The Guinness Storehouse in Dublin

When coming to Dublin and visiting the Guinness Storehouse you can take a closer look behind the scenes of the production and see on your own how it’s done. After entering the huge black gate you can buy tickets which are between 20 and 30 euros and you can book a brewery tour. On the floor around you can see the ingredients when entering the storehouse. The barley has to be heated by a temperature of 232 degrees which gives the beer its characteristic black colour. And you know what? It’s a funny coincidence that 232 was also the room number of my hotel in Dublin by the way. But Guinness has much more to offer than just their beer. In the shop of the Guinness Storehouse you can also buy sweets like fudge and chocolate with Guinness beer flavour and it’s a nice souvenir or present from a Dublin trip. I give you one avice as I often hear people saying they don’t like Guinness beer at all. The thing is that in many European countries like Germany, Poland, France or the Netherlands they sell nothing but a copy of the Irish Guinness beer in tins and believe me this is not the original Guinness beer you will get everywhere in the pubs in Ireland. You really have to drink it on draught and when going to the pub or anywhere else in Ireland you should pay attention to one thing. When pouring the beer in it’s not black but brown and the barkeeper waits two minutes before pouring it some more. This really makes the slight difference and that’s why Guinness beer on draught tastes better. Furthermore the original form on draught is much stronger and maybe you will feel it after drinking only one pint. And after the brewery tour in the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin a pint of Guinness is included in the price. And meanwhile you can get up into the lounge of the Guinness Storehouse and enjoy the view over the roofs of Dublin. And certainly you will also notice that the area around Dublin has some pretty green landscapes. In general I would say that the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin is really worth a visit.

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I hope that I could tell you as many interesting things about the Guinness beer and that you enjoyed my short excurse. Now go to Dublin and check it out on your own but don’t drink too much! Otherwise you won’t be able to read my blog anymore and I need somebody with whom I can share my knowledge and my travel experiences.

So I say Cheers or in Irish Sláinte!

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