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Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrThe Guinness Storehouse is a major tourist destination in Dublin, Ireland. Located at St James’s Gate Brewery, it draws in hundreds of thousands of visitors per year. The storehouse is part of the world-famous Guinness Brewery and is where visitors can take tours, learn about the brewing process, and buy all kinds of Guinness-related souvenirs and items.
The storehouse is enormous. It is made up of seven floors that surround a huge, glass atrium shaped as a massive pint of Guinness. The ground floor features all of the ingredients necessary to brew Ireland’s most famous export product and introduces its inventor, Arthur Guinness . The upper floors consist of exhibitions, information on the beer’s history, a display on responsible drinking and, of course, a bar.
HistoryArthur Guinness was born in County Kildare in 1725 as a godchild to Reverend Arthur Price, Bishop of Cashel. In 1752, after the death of the influential bishop, Arthur Guinness, age 17, receives £ £100 ($152) as an inheritance. Three years later he sets up a brewing business in Leixlip, only 17 kilometers from Dublin.
In 1759, Guinness signs a 9,000-year lease on a disused brewery at St James’s Gate, costing him £ £100 ($152) and a yearly rent of an additional £ £45 ($68). This lease also includes water right, essential to an ambitious brewery. Guinness’s Brewery covers four acres and is made up of a mill, two malthouses, stables for a dozen horses, a kieve, and storage space for up to 200 tons of hay. In his brand new brewery, he now begins brewing porters and ales. He exports his first Guinness beer ten years later, when a boat with six-and-a-half barrels leaves for England.
The channel from which the brewery gets its water is ordered to be cut off and filled by a Dublin Corporation Committee in 1775. This results in a dispute between Guinness and the committee, which is settled a full nine years later, in 1784, when Guinness receives water rights for 8,975 years. The last decade of the 18th century is spent expanding. The last Guinness ale was brewed in 1799, when the decision was made to focus on the increasingly popular porter.
Arthur Guinness passes away in 1803, but that doesn't stop the brewery from growing. The 19th century is marked with enormous expansion, international campaigns, and exports as far away as Sierra Leone, Trinidad, Barbados , and New York. By 1870, 10% of Guinness sales are made overseas; the brand had become an international beer.
The modern storehouse building was built in 1902 as a fermentation plant for the by-now-enormous brewery. The building’s style was conform the Chicago School of Architecture; the building itself was the very first multi-storey building with a steel frame in Ireland. The fermentation plant was closed in 1988, when a new one was opened near the River Liffey .
In 1997, the decision was made to convert the building into the Guinness Storehouse and a visitor center. The brand new storehouse opened to the public in 2000 and a new wing was added in 2006, including a live installation that shows the entire brewing process.
Visiting the Guinness StorehouseThe Guinness Storehouse’s seven stories feature everything from the brewery’s history and the brewing process to advertising practices and souvenirs.
After entering the building at ground level, you can learn about the four ingredients of the dark beer – water, hop, yeast, and barley – and about the Irish legend that is Arthur Guinness. The ground floor also houses the 9,000-year lease that Arthur Guinness signed on the St James’s Gate Brewery. Going up the escalators inside the atrium, which is shaped like an enormous Guinness glass, you can visit six other floors. Those floors are home to several exhibitions and displays. You will learn about advertising and sponsorship, the transportation of beer, the craft of brewing the perfect beer, etcetera. The Guinness Storehouse also has a dining hall where you can try dishes made with Guinness, such as the classic beef and Guinness stew, and a bar, the Gravity Bar, at the top floor where you can enjoy a complimentary pint of Guinness and spectacular panoramic views of Dublin.
Tickets cost €18 ($21) for adults (online tickets are 10% cheaper), €15 ($17) for students older than 18, €12 ($14) for students younger than 18, €15 ($17) for seniors, and €7 ($7.48) for children.
The Guinness Storehouse is open seven days a week from 9.30AM to 5PM. In July and August it’s open until 7PM. The storehouse is closed on Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and St Stephen’s Day or Boxing Day.
Nearby LandmarksAnother Dublin attraction that has to do with alcohol is the Jameson Distillery. This is also a major highlight. Other landmarks in the city are Trinity College Dublin, Dublin Castle, the magnificent Chester Beatty Library, St Stephen’s Green, the National Museum of Ireland, Temple Bar, and Kilmainham Gaol.
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Author: bramreusen. Last updated: Dec 27, 2014