October 20th, 2015

Today we learned about “The Black Stuff”, also known as Guinness. We had a rough start this morning and had to drag ourselves out of bed. For some reason all of us were having trouble waking up but eventually we made it to breakfast.

After breakfast we walked over to the Guinness Storehouse. On our way we made a couple quick detours. First we dropped off our laundry, even Mark & Diane got in on the fun…laundry services are so much more enjoyable then doing laundry yourself!

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Then we learned about Dublin Castle. Here’s a quick look at the castle…


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Apparently these markings are from bayonets used during an attack during in times past.

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Then we were off to the Guinness Storehouse. It ended up costing us 20 euros a person but it was well worth it. As always pictures are better than words so here’s a look at our Guinness flavored fun…

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Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000 year lease on the Guinness Storehouse. Apparently he was confident in his business…it appears his beliefs were sound, Guinness has been around for over 250 years!

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You may not be able to tell but this is the largest pint shaped glass in the world! It would take 14.3 million pints of Guinness to fill it up.

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Did you know that Guinness is made from 4 ingredients?

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The yeast is kept in a vault!

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Here’s a look at the process of making Guinness…

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Coopers were the craftsmen who made barrels to hold the Guinness. In the past Guinness employed up to 300 Coopers who produced roughly 1,000 barrels a week. We had a chance to look at the process of making these barrels and it was amazing. We were floored by the hard work and effort it took to make one barrel.

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It’s all about the advertising…

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Then it was off to the tasting room where we learned how to properly drink Guinness.

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Time for a little school action. We attended the Guinness Academy where we learned how to pour the perfect pint. We all earned our Guinness diplomas!

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Now to enjoy the view and drink our Guinness…

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After we finished up we headed back to the hotel. We had a blast at the Guinness factor and highly recommend it if you’re ever in Dublin. Now we’re off to dinner.

Happy Travels,

Ryan & Melissa