Guinness Factory, Dublin, Ireland

It’s a must!  You can’t go to Dublin and not visit the Guinness Factory.   Enter the building in a section of Dublin called St. James’s Gate.  Options offered are a guided tour or just do it yourself (roam around the seven floors of the building, take your time and see what goes into making Guinness,  Ireland’s favorite beer).
Arthur Guinness

Arthur Guinness

Originally leased in 1759 to Arthur Guinness at £45 per year for 9,000 years, St. James’s Gate has been the home of Guinness ever since. It became the largest brewery in Ireland in 1838, and was the largest in the world in 1914, covering 64 acres. Although no longer the largest brewery in the world, it is still the largest brewer of stout in the world. The company has since bought out the originally leased property, and during the 19th and early 20th centuries the brewery owned most of the buildings in the surrounding area, including many streets of housing for brewery employees and offices associated with the brewery. The brewery also made all of its own power using its own power plant.

The Top of the Guinnes

The View at the Top of the Guinness Factory

As you embark on this beer-making  journey, you’ll be told that Guinness is not the oldest beer in Ireland, but the company that saved the country.  You will also get a tutorial of the right way to pour your Guinness when you get back home.  Holding the glass on a slant, fill three-quarters of the way, let the beer settle before filling  the glass, topping it off with a nice foamy head.


Guinness bar

Guinness Bar, 7th Floor

The best part of the tour is the end. After being tempted all along the way, ready yourself for your free pint of Guinness on the 7th Floor bar where the majestic view of the city of Dublin makes this a most delightful experience.


The Smile Says it All

The Smile Says it All

My husband’s smile says it all.  I have a friend who says, “There’s a whole sandwich in a pint of Guinness.” When you go, make sure The Guinness Factory at Saint James Gate is on your list of attractions to see.


Photos: Patricia Florio