Guinness is synonymous with Ireland so for anyone visiting Dublin, a trip to the Guinness Storehouse is in order. Even if you’re not a fan of “the black stuff” (the color is actually dark ruby red), the history of this famous stout is fascinating. Located in the heart of the city, this attraction was recently named “Europe’s Most Popular Tourist Attraction”--beating out a host of big contender’s like Paris’s Eiffel Tower, the Acropolis in Greece and the Roman Coliseum!
Founded by Arthur Guinness in 1759, the brewery has expanded from the original 4-acre site to over 65 acres—stretching down to the River Liffey and beyond (even once having its own railway). The Brewery is located at St. James Gate, the namesake of the brewery’s proper name, St. James Brewery.
Visitors can take a self- guided tour and learn the history of the company, the distinct brewing process, the advertising & marketing behind the iconic brand and even how to pour the ‘perfect pint’.
However, the highlight for many is enjoying a complimentary pint (included in the price of admission) in the “Gravity Bar” (symbolically the “Head of the Pint”) located on the top floor with amazing panoramic views of Dublin City. Sláinte!
Guinness Storehouse is open everyday with the exception of Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & St. Stephen's Day.
Other quirky facts about Guinness & Guinness Storehouse (courtesy of Guinness Storehouse):
- Guinness Storehouse was built in 1904 and the largest working Tun for fermentation in the world was once located here standing at approximately 26 meters high.
- It would take 14.3 million pints to fill the giant glass atrium in the center of the Guinness Storehouse building.
- Gravity Bar is the highest bar in Dublin located 46 meters off the ground.
- St. James’s Gate at the entrance to the Guinness brewery in Dublin was once the start of a pilgrimage to Compostella in Spain and pilgrims from all over Ireland used to gather on this site to start the journey to Spain.
- 3 million pints of Guinness are brewed every day at the St James’s Gate brewery.
- St. James’s Gate Brewery is the biggest stout export brewery in the world.
- The St. James’s Gate Brewery is one of the most technologically advanced breweries in the world.
- There is approximately 198 calories in a pint of Guinness - less than a pint of orange juice!
- Guinness is the biggest selling stout in the world with 10 million glasses being sold everyday in 150 countries
- The ancient Irish Harp symbol was firstly used as a symbol for Guinness and only later adopted by the Irish Government as the official Government symbol.
- Guinness stout is ruby red in color. It’s the roasted barley that gives Guinness its color.
- Almost 1 in 2 pints consumed in Ireland every day is a pint of Guinness.