An adamant Guinness hater, I still went to the factory because, well, it's Dublin. What else would I do? The tour was self-guided, with excerpts on the wall and a few recordings. My favorite room must have been the tasting room, where they had the smells of various beer ingredients bursting out of machines. You could stick your head right in a cloud of hoppy matter. Needless to say, it was glorious. Yet the most memorable part of the Guinness Factory would be Gravity Bar at the very top of the building, which gave the most beautiful view of Dublin. We also learned the "proper" Guinness pouring procedure at the end of the tour.
Now to answer the question I know you are all asking: YES. The Guinness is completely different in Ireland! I couldn't even drink half a Guinness before I went. In Ireland, I could drink three in one sitting. The Guinness is so much creamier and richer there. The flavor is so much more balanced.. a completely different beer. Maybe it's the beer, maybe it's nostalgia, but Dublin turned me into a Guinness fan.. You probably still won't find me drinking one in the states, though.
Check back for my next Project Publin post: The Bull & Castle.
Until then, hoppy drinking!
- One Hoppy Lady