Cocktails are always my drink of choice. A sweet and fruity concoction, filled with syrupy spirits and colourful juices. A classy daiquiri, an ice cold mojito, or a fun woo woo with umbrellas, straws and fruit perched on top. But on our recent trip to Dublin cocktails were far from my mind.
Ireland is the home to Guinness but this dry stout, one of the world’s biggest beer brands, is nothing like the sugary cocktails I usually go for. Unsurprisingly, a big part of the Irish culture is drinking and in every single pub we visited pints of Guinness were being sold like the city was about to run dry. I had never tasted a single drop of the black stuff and, while I could easily have stuck to drinking Baileys all weekend, I just couldn’t visit Dublin without trying something that is such a huge part of the Irish culture.
As soon as we stepped into the Storehouse and made our way up the long escalator, I could see why so many people had recommended this as THE attraction to visit in Dublin. We stared up in wonder at the seven floors of all things Guinness that towered above us and the gift store laid out in front of us with untold items sporting Guinness’s name.
It was like the fully fermented alcoholic version of Disney World. Whether you like Guinness or not this place certainly has something to keep everyone entertained.
As we made our way around we came across something different on every floor from finding out about how the stout was first created and brewed at the Storehouse in 1759 to how it has become world famous, with 10 million pints of Guinness being drank every single day all over the world.
We had some fun checking out the brand’s advertising through the years from statues of seals, toucans and giant ticking clocks to a huge cinema screen, and then we spent far too long posing for some silly pics in the Guinness Photo Booth.
We stopped at the café half way up (yes, the place is so big that you need a stop!) where I tried some Guinness crisps to ease myself into the taste before we got onto the hard stuff. The crisps were delicious – tasted slightly like Marmite to me and we all know that Marmite is the best thing ever.
After going up what seemed like an endless amount of escalators, we came to the main part of the attraction and the reason everyone was here…to taste the Guinness. But before we could do that we had to learn how to create the perfect pint ourselves in the Guinness Academy.
Once we had the perfect consistency and the right amount of foam on top (you can tell I’m not a beer drinker when I call it foam) we received a geeky certificate just to prove we had poured the perfect pint.
I very hesitantly tried my first sip (my face below shows what I was expecting!) and I was actually pleasantly surprised. I wouldn’t say it was the nicest drink I’ve ever had (because nothing beats a pina colada) but it was nowhere near as bitter and heavy as I was expecting it to be.
With drinks in hand we made our way up to the Gravity Bar on the busy top floor. We managed to find ourselves a spot by the window and sipped our pints while looking out over the gorgeous view of the city of Dublin.
I may not have been able to get through the whole pint, but I’m glad to say that I tried one of Ireland’s biggest productions and it did taste a lot better than I had been expecting! Plus we had a ridiculously fun afternoon working our way around the Storehouse in the meantime.
Have you ever tried Guinness? Let me know what you thought of Ireland’s national drink in the comments below!
Thank you to the Guinness Storehouse who hosted our trip. Make sure you pay them a visit when you’re in Dublin.