Ireland, Dublin Guide (B): A visit to Guinness Storehouse – Home of the Black Stuff!
Guinness is known worldwide for its dark coloured beer and visiting its brewery was our topmost priority, when we were in its hometown.
It was started in 1759, by the beer mastermind Arthur Guinness, using his unique recipe of just four ingredients (Water, barley, hops and yeast) and is now sold worldwide even after hundreds of years of its beginning. Whether you are a beer fan or not, this is a must do, as the museum showcases the entire process of beer brewing, step by step. After deciding to take the tour, we were eagerly waiting to enjoy our free pint of Guinness with the best view of the Dublin city ;).
The tour takes you through the seven floors of this building, called “The Atrium” which is the largest pint glass in the world (holds upto 14 million pints of Guinness!!!). The famous 9000-year-old lease, which Arthur Guinness signed on 31st December 1759, to use the property at St. James’s Gate is displayed on the ground floor.
As the tour starts we are taken through various information regarding the raw materials used and the process involved in brewing of the finest beer. As it turns out 100,000 tones of Irish grown barley is purchased every year by the Guinness and only the highest quality barley, hops are used and is brewed using malted, unmalted and roasted barley. And about the yeast used in brewing, which is referred as “National Treasure: Arthur’s Yeast” is grown at St. James’s Gate and some amount of yeast is transferred from each brew to the next to maintain the consistency. Since yeast is a very valuable ingredient used in brewing it is kept in a locker named as “Director’s Safe”. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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