Stace's Places: The Guinness Storehouse
There are three places to drink Guinness – the tasting room, the Gravity Bar and the Guinness Academy. The tasting room is where you go through the process that Guinness tasters do every day to make sure each batch is perfect. You start by learning the unique aromas and tastes of the four main ingredients (toasted barley, hops, yeast, and water). Then you get a mini glass of the ‘black stuff’ and learn the proper way to drink it.
Gravity Bar is the enclosed rooftop bar with 360-degree views of Dublin, which is a must-see on a clear day. With your entry ticket to the Storehouse, you are entitled one free pint either at the Academy or the Gravity Bar. But my tip: even if you take advantage of your free pint at the tasting academy (highly recommended), make a stop at the bar to get a glimpse of the beautiful panoramic views!
The Guinness Academy is the hands-on room, built to look like a pub, where you learn the proper way to pour a Guinness!
Guinness Fun Facts & Tips
- The proper way to drink a Guinness: Standing tall and proud, you lift your arm parallel to the floor so you aren’t inclined to sip through the foamy head. Take a good swig and be sure to coat the full tongue with the notably creamy beer to taste the different flavors on your different taste buds.
- Does it really taste different in Ireland? Lots of people say Guinness tastes different in Ireland, and while the batches may be slightly more exact to the original recipe (simply because of the highly qualified testers), the different taste and consistency is actually attributed to temperature. A Guinness must be served at 6 degrees Celsius (42F), but many Americans, for example, enjoy an ice-cold beer so some bars serve the drink at lower temperatures, which can affect the flavor and creaminess.
- Color blind? Guinness is actually a dark ruby red color, not black or brown like many people think