Sunday, February 21, 2010

Guinness


This is a video I took at the Guinness Factory. It was insane. It was like a mix between Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory and Disneyland for adults. We spent 2 hours going through the place and we didn't even get up to the last 2 floors. Basically what happens is you enter the factory and it starts out telling you about all the different steps and ingredients that go into making beer. It was crazy. There was different barley to taste and hops the see and a huge waterfall to demonstrate how much water is used in the brewing.
Eventually you make your way to the tasting lab where you are required to try samples. We learned all about advertisements, sports connections and took an alcohol IQ test. Did you know that the Guinness Book of World Records was started by the Guinness Company to help settle disputes at bars about world records? It's been recorded every year since.
Also did you know that Guinness has been around for over 250 years now? But don't worry, when the Guinness family bought the factory they signed a 9000 year lease so it will be around for a very long time.
After seeing all the galleries we headed up the the bar where we were given a lesson on how to bar tend. We were each given a pint glass and had to pour a perfect pint for ourselves. It was so cool. I never thought I would be serving myself beer.
After we finished things began to close up, but we had one more stop, the gift shop of course. Everything you could possibly associate with beer was located in this store. It was a little ridiculous, we loved it though.
Guinness was awesome! I would highly recommend it to anyone traveling in Dublin.
Cheers!

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