Guinness Storehouse

Sign on the outside of the building
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There is an album of photos from the Guinness Storehouse tour.  The Storehouse itself was opened up in 2000 to show the history of Guinness and how it’s made.  It was initially the site of part of the fermentation process, opened up in the early 20th century.

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There’s definitely something different about sleeping in hostels. When we had gone to bed around midnight, there was one other person in the room, with two other beds still fresh and untouched. Around 2 or 3am (I honestly have no perception of time anymore due to my phone being stolen and my watch not longer working), we heard two people coming in. I was on the top bunk, so I felt the guy get in the bed below me, and then they left around 8am. There’s just something weird being in the same room as someone that you’ve never even had a chance to speak to – more on this for Saturday’s post….

Anyways, we got up and went downstairs to try and plan where we were going. We decided on walking towards Trinity College and go from there.

Dublin itself reminds me more of the US, partly because of the English language and the relatively modernity of the city. The city itself doesn’t have very many old buildings, like much of Europe. This is due to the age of the country, along with the wars and rebellions that the country has faced over the last century.

Trinity College was mainly buildings shaped in a ‘cross’ with courtyards in the middle. They have the “Book of Kells” which is an ancient manuscript in their main library. The library itself contains thousands of book, our tour guide on Saturday even mentioned that for some reason the library receives a copy of EVERY book that has been every publish. Unfortunately the “Book” wasn’t on display, so we decided to save a few Euro and just walk around the campus.

From the campus, we walked down a famous street called Grafton Street that contains a bunch of shops, pubs, and restaurants. The street itself is very similarly to any major cities ’boutique’ street where it is almost completely closed off from traffic.

We took the recommendation of a friend to go to O’Neill’s pub for lunch. I got a huge plate of chicken stuffed with German sausage and peppers, mashed potatoes, potato wedges, cabbage, and what we think was mashed parsnips. It was pretty delicious to say the least.

February 28, 2013-ONeills1-1971Before

February 28, 2013-ONeills2-1972After

We walked/rolled back to the hostel to get some WiFi so Grant and Andrew could figure out where some of their buddies were. We decided to meet them at the Guinness Storehouse, which includes a self guided tour through the process of how Guinness has been brewed for the last 200-300 years. On the walk over, we swung through Dublin Castle, which was a bit of a letdown because we couldn’t even go into the courtyard due to some diplomatic convention.

The factory experience was really interesting. I won’t bore, or spoil if you ever want to go there, anyone with the details, but the storehouse was 7 floors tall, and the whole exhibit was in the shape of a pint glass. One of the most interesting facts of the whole tour was learning that Arthur Guinness signed a 9000-year lease for the property at St. James’s Gate at 45 pounds a year, back in 1759. One hell of an investment! On the seventh floor, there was a gravity bar where you got to enjoy a pint while being able to enjoy views of the city. The bar had glass windows for 360 degree views, and it is also surprisingly probably one of the tallest buildings in Dublin.

After everyone had a chance to freshen up, we found a place to grab some food. I tried my first fish and chips of Europe (which came with mashed peas, pretty much baby food). We hung around an area called Temple Bar for a few more hours before heading back to the hostel for the night.

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