There are numerous great things to do in Dublin, and I did as many of them as I could in the three days I was there. One of the highlights, though, was visiting the Guinness Storehouse. I had been looking forward to this visit for weeks.
It’s a really great tour, and the facility is modern. One of the first displays is the 9,000 year lease Arthur Guinness signed in 1759.
The first part of the tour takes you through the traditional displays about how beer is made. Be sure to watch the video about how coopers made wooden barrels to store all of that Guinness beer. As a Mass Communication professor, though, I was quite impressed with the display of Guinness advertising campaigns.
The tour includes a free pint of Guinness. You have the option of going upstairs to the bar (more on that in a moment) or you can participate in the Guinness Academy, which puts you behind a bar and teaches you how to “Pour the Perfect Pint of Guinness.”
I’m totally official now. As you can see, Guinness makes the experience interactive. Once the photo was taken, I walked over to a set of digital notepads, found my photo, and emailed it to myself. Our instructor also gave us our official certification. Once you’re done, you can take your pint upstairs to Gravity Bar and enjoy the views of Dublin. I took a few photos.
I rarely buy myself souvenirs, but I couldn’t walk out of there without a personalized Guinness Storehouse pint glass.