There we were, at The Bird Flanagan, sipping a Coke in a completely unfamiliar neighborhood. We had been walking for three quarters of an hour and it seemed like no end was in sight. We kept wondering how this could have happened. I was so sure we were going into the right direction, I thought. Then why aren’t we at the Guinness Storehouse yet? a voice inside my head uttered.
Turns out I was absolutely without a doubt 100% to blame for not being there yet.
I’m sure as hell ashamed to admit it, but we managed to get lost in Dublin because I was too stubborn to double check the map. Yep, that’s right, I neglected to take a look at that one thing you use to make sure you don’t get lost. I didn’t have to; I was convinced that the Old Jameson Distillery, which we passed during our walk, was located further south than the Guinness Storehouse.
Clearly, that was not the case.
Unwilling to make the same mistake again, we continued on our quest to find Guinness, map in hand. What was supposed to be a 20-minute walk had turned into a one-hour journey (thanks, me), but the bitter taste of getting lost on our way to the brewery made place for high spirits when we finally arrived.
the Guinness Storehouse brewery tour
With less time left than we had accounted for, it was time to start the tour. It all began with the brewing story, where we got an insight into the four ingredients used to create Guinness: water, barley, hops, and yeast. The perfect place for some fun trivia!
Did you guys know that the word beer is thought to originate from the Anglo-Saxon word for barley, namely ‘baere’? Or that the Egyptians identified yeast by discovering that crushed grapes, kept in a warm place, produced alcohol? And how about hops only growing in two parts of the world? Or the fact that Arthur Guinness was prepared to defend his water supply to the death?
After learning about the main ingredients used to create Guinness, we went on to the first floor, where we could find Cooperage & Transport and the Arthur Guinness Story.
The real fun, however, began when we arrived at the ‘The Beer That Travelled’ stand. In 1801, Guinness brewers took on the challenge of creating a porter that could travel to tropical countries. By increasing the hop rate, this new beer could survive the long sea journeys to places such as the West Indies. Guinness West Indies Porter was born, which we were allowed to taste.
After Guinness’s foreign stout, more tasting followed. On the second floor, we entered a separate room that took tasting Guinness to a whole new level. Indulging in the multi-sensory aspects of the stout, we were taught the correct way to taste Guinness. Unfortunately, I totally forgot it already. Oops.
Admittedly, I don’t really like Guinness. It is too bitter for my taste. So when the moment came to tap your own Guinness, I was perfectly happy watching the others do it from the sideline.
All in all, the Guinness Storehouse turned out to be a rather amusing activity in Ireland’s capital. They say there’s poetry in a pint of Guinness, and it seems ours existed out of two lost souls eventually finding what they were looking for. Still, I will be double checking that map next time. But on that day, the bitter taste of getting lost had made place for the bitter taste of a Guinness that lingered in our mouth, and all was well.
Have you ever gotten lost on the road? How did it happen?
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