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St. James' Gate

We set off for Dublin on the 6:30 bus from Limerick Bus Station. The ticket only cost us €9.50 as we booked online (www.buseireann.ie). We pulled into Dublin City at about 10am. The bus stoped right outside our hotel on Eden's Quay which was perfect as we needed we had asked the hotel if we could leave our bags at the reception (check-in wasn't until 2pm) while we went exploring. After leaving our stuff with the lovely, if not Engligh-speaking, guy at the front desk, we headed out to locate the Paddy's Palace hostel to book collect our tickets for Friday's Paddy Wagon Tour of The Giant's Causeway (www.paddywagontours.com).

With that out of the way, we decided to go to the Guinness Storehouse - a musuem dedicated to the making of what we Irish call 'The Black Stuff'.
We got the bus no. 78a from Aston Quay and in 10 mins we were there. Immediately, signs of Guinness were all around us. The storehouse is hidden in the middle of a collection of red-brick buildings that make up St. James' Gate Brewery. We took some pictures in front of the famous Guinness gate and then followed the crowd inside.

After being relieved of €15 we found ourselves standing around the original 9,000 year lease signed by Arthur Guinness in 1759. The Storehouse does guided tours, but we choose to roam at our own pace. We went introduced to the 4 vital ingredients needed to make Guinness - Water, Barley, Hops and Yeast. Water is represented by a beautiful waterfall, the bottom of which is covered with coins. I threw in a penny and made a wish (that it would stop raining - it didn't!!).
  Upstairs, we learned about the brewing process and also got our first Guinness of the day in the Tasting Lab. I loved the second floor. It was full of the famous advertsing that I grew up watching on tv and seeing on billboards. We skipped past the third floor as it just seemed to be an exibit to sensible drinking (This is Ireland for Christ's sake - what is sensible drinking?!!!) Forth floor was fun as we got to read messages left by past visitors to the Storehouse and then got to write our own. Floor 5 has a bar where you can pull your own pint. We didn't as I mastered the craft many years ago when working in a restaurant with a bar. Sixth floor seemed to be a myth as we suddenly found ourselves at the seventh floor Gravity Bar. The place was packed! We order our pints and were luck enough to grab a seat as some was leaving. The view from up there should have been fantastic, but as it was cloudy and raining, we found looking out more depressing than breath-taking! We finished up and were guilted out of our seats by some weary-looking fellow visitors.

We descended the 7 floors (6 floors by my calculations) we stopped off at the merchandise shop on the way out. We didn't buy anything as everything can be found in other stores for much cheaper. We spent the best part of the day here and it was a day well spent.


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St. James Gate
St. James' Gate
The Italian waiting for the bus in…
The Italian waiting for the bus i…
Our bus
Our bus
Some ads outside the Storehouse
Some ads outside the Storehouse
Nearly there...
Nearly there...
The brewerys 9,000 year lease
The brewery's 9,000 year lease
4 ingredients...
4 ingredients...
Barley...
Barley...
....Hops....
....Hops....
...Yeast....
...Yeast....
....And Water.
....And Water.
A lot of wishes were made here...
A lot of wishes were made here...
The waterfall
The waterfall
The 5th Ingredient - Arthur Guinne…
The 5th Ingredient - Arthur Guinn…
2nd floor
2nd floor
Advertising
Advertising
The tasting lab
The tasting lab
The Italian tasting...
The Italian tasting...
...done
...done
The Message Board
The Message Board
My Message
My Message
The Italians Message
The Italian's Message
The Italian writing his message...
The Italian writing his message...
View from The Gravity Bar
View from The Gravity Bar
The Gravity Bar
The Gravity Bar
View from The Gravity Bar
View from The Gravity Bar
View from The Gravity Bar
View from The Gravity Bar
View from The Gravity Bar
View from The Gravity Bar
A lifetime of Guinness Bottles...
A lifetime of Guinness Bottles...
Message on one of the brewery walls
Message on one of the brewery walls
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