“I have to pay my respects to Mr. Jameson and Guinness,” Stephen repeated multiple times. “It would be wrong if I didn’t.”
He was, of course, referring to two of Ireland’s most famous exports: Jameson whiskey and Guinness beer.
Since being in London (where the drinking age is 18), I have become quite partial to Guinness so I was up for visiting the Guinness warehouse. But I admit I was kind of reluctant to do two tours of alcohol factories in as many days. I mean, you’ve seen one museum dedicated to the drink, you’ve seen them all.
Boy, was I wrong.
Our second night in Dublin, we walked to the Old Jameson Distillery. We watched a movie about the history of the place then our tour guide showed us the process of making whiskey. At the end of the tour, I treated myself to the best Irish coffee I’ve ever tasted (sorry Dad).
The next morning, we got up early, inhaled our full Irish breakfast (baked beans, eggs, toast, sausage, ham and soda bread) and made our way to the Guinness warehouse.
I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it certainly wasn’t a seven story museum with an entire floor dedicated to the process of making Guinness, another floor dedicated to the transportation of Guinness, another one on the beer’s advertising and an entirely different floor for tasting.
One of the exhibits even had a waterfall.
After walking through most of it, I wasn’t surprised to learn that the Guinness company owned 7 acres of city-land. It is a HUGE place.
We were pressed for time as we had an air plane to catch in the afternoon, but we managed to make it to the fourth floor, where we were taught how to pour “the perfect pint of Guinness.”
I thought you could just pull the lever and fill your glass, but apparently not.
“You have to hold the glass at a 45 degree angle,” our bartender instructed. “Pull the lever toward you, fill the glass up to the logo, set the glass down for two minutes, then push the lever away from you to top up the glass.”
After pushing the lever the wrong way each time, I finally managed to fill up my glass.
And then we drank to Dublin.