Monday, January 27, 2014

2013 Ireland - Day Three - Guinness Storehouse

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The Guinness Storehouse is five stories dedicated to Ireland's favorite beer, Guinness.  Admission for self-guided tours is 11 Euros for students, and only 9 Euros for students under age 18 (because you can't drink).  The regular price of admission for non-students is 15 Euros.  It's open daily from 9:30 AM to 5 PM September through June, and 9:30 AM to 7 PM in July and August.

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Visitors start at the bottom and work their way up.  It's completely self-guided and self-paced.  The bottom floors describe the different procedures of making Guinness.  You just stand in front of a display, and the automated voice recording will begin every 20 seconds or so.

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After you learn how Guinness is made, there is a "taste experience" offering free samples.  You don't get a full pint, and it's supposed to be limited one per guest, but you could really just circulate through multiple times if you really like Guinness and want more.

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After the taste experience, there is a bakery with Guinness treats.  I just had to try the cupcake!  It was actually really good.

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There is a wall of famous people drinking a pint of Guinness.  America, you'll be proud to know that Barack and Michelle Obama are on that wall.

There's also this interesting marketing campaign.....

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And then you reach the fun interactive area.  Here's a quiz on Drink IQ.  I suppose it's necessary to educate people about the effects that alcohol has on the body at a beer museum.

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There was also a giant wall that popped up messages.  I thought it was going to send an electronic postcard to you or something, which is why I used my sister's name.

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And then you have the opportunity to pour the "perfect pint" of Guinness.  When you first started your self-guided tour, you were given a voucher which you could redeem for a complimentary pint of Guinness anywhere in the museum.  This might be the most popular place to use it because you get a certificate for pouring a perfect pint.

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You get two pours - a practice round, and then a "testing" round.  For some reason, I was really nervous that I was going to do something wrong.  But everyone who does it gets a certificate - they don't actually grade you.

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And then the top floor has a bar with a panorama view of Dublin.


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I definitely recommend touring the Guinness Storehouse.  It's like the Irish version of the Coca Cola Museum in Atlanta, Georgia..... except perhaps less fun for children.