It is not every day that I get the chance to work with a new I really like to explore some new country, but that is precisely what happened once I surfaced with Guinness. Though it was not my first time in Ireland (I had been in 2007 and again in 2008), this trip was all about undergoing the Irish civilization via a Guinness lens.
I had of course attempted Guinness Draught before this trip and have enjoyed the creamy brew. But this trip gave me a new admiration for Guinness, not only as a world famous beer, but as a complex part of Irish civilization. Here is how it all started…
Off I moved to Ireland , after spending 12 days in Latvia and Finland to a work trip. My first evening in Dublin had been spent dining on fish and chips at the Old Storehouse Bar & Restaurant in the Temple Bar area with Domhnall. He explained all about the background of Guinness, all the different types of beers that they create, and also how to properly pair Guinness beers with particular meals (yes, just like you do with roses )! Dessert was paired with Hop House 13 Lager, in case you were interested.
After dinner, we all headed to some classic bar — no sports blaring on widescreen TVs, no audio — only real people. It was totally different, and a very warm welcome to Ireland. I already knew the rest of the trip was going to be great.
The day started off with a traditional breakfast with a gourmet Spin.
Is it significant? Yes. Is it yummy? Obviously! After fueling up, it turned out into the Guinness Storehouse to meet up with Domhnall for a tour of the brewery that is entire. If you plan on going, I propose dedicating a minimum of 2-3 hours to receive the entire experience as there are seven flooring.
Ground floor: Has a huge shop along with the Guinness story.
Floor: The history of Arthur Guinness and Guinness has been traveling across the world since 1769.
Second floor: The tasting. Here you get an opportunity to smell the malt via vapor machines you get to taste the Guinness Draught.
Floor: Evolution of Guinness’ Ads.
Fourth floor: includes 2 segments — the Guinness Academy , where they teach you how to pour the Perfect Pint of Guinness, along with the Connoisseur Expertise, that is a luxurious connoisseur tasting bar. In case you’re thinking, the Perfect Pint should be poured into a glass until it is three-quarters complete, tilted 45 degrees. Allow the surge prior to filling the glass thoroughly to the 13, to repay.
Fifth floor: The dining hall where we ate at 1837 Bar and Brasserie. I ordered a dozen oysters with a pint of Guinness we have some dishes to test, since 1837 is the year that the now-famous matching of Guinness with oysters first hit the headlines.
Seventh floor: By far the best part of the excursion, where you can enjoy a pint of Guinness Draught with a view of the beautiful skyline of Dublin. A gorgeous observation deck and the ideal way.
My tour of the Guinness Storehouse was epic to say the very least. It gave me a much deeper understanding of how ingrained Guinness is in the civilization, not only like a beer but also as a household name that has been a part of everyday life for the people for more than 250 decades .
Next up on my Guinness adventure was that the Open Gate Brewery, that can be an experimental pilot brewery at St. James’s Gate that’s now formally open to people after years of being shrouded in total secrecy. Here, brewers let visitors try and get creative. Six euro will get you entry and a trip of beers. Keep in mind that the Open Gate Brewery is only open on Thursdays and Fridays . It is possible to book an entrance online here.
I went for another fish and chips dinner. This time I headed to Leo Burdocks. There are seven locations through Dublin, and they’re known for their super yummy cod and chips.
My third day in Dublin was devoted to sightseeing. In the center of O’Connell Street, a 120-meter-tall stainless steel monument Following a solid breakfast at O’Neill’s Pub & Kitchen it was time to see that the Spire of Dublin.
Next up, I chose to walk down Grafton Street that was vibrant for a little bit of shopping. This is the ideal place to burn some calories, and the most well-known shopping street in the country. Each of the action had me itching for a pint, so I headed to one of the oldest bars in town, Toners Pub on Baggot Street (est. 1818).
After Toners, I Travelled to Get a Fast walk through St. Stephen’s Green for into the Rustic Stone.
This is thought of as among the very best restaurants in Dublin, known for its seasonal components and also for giving the chance to cook their meals to desired perfection on hot stone to guests. I had roasted sesame seeds that are smashed and the sticky soya poultry wings accompanied with a pint of Guinness Draught. And since I could not resist, I had chocolate and ice cream into top it all off.
It was straight to Dublin Castle, just a few blocks from Temple Bar. The castle dates back over 900 years. It’s a tradition worth a visit.
After so much action, it was time for a break back at the resort to keep my wanderings. One thing to remember is that Dublin is quite walkable! Dublin can be full of amazing dining options, which range from old school. That evening, I went for a sampling of both…
Fade Street Social is a Gastrobar serving upward tapas that are sharable. I had my tapas all to myself, that contained bacon wrapped dates along with braised lamb with truffle cream and coco beans since I had been tasting solo. And yes it was as yummy as it seems!
Part of what I love about travel and other travel bloggers along with filmmakers are connecting. After a fantastic dinner, I met up with Tara of”Where is Tara.” A native New Zealander, Tara was increased in Ireland and knows her way. We met up at Grogan’s Castle Lounge, a bar made famous when writers started to meet here in the 1970s.
Next up, we headed into The Bank Bar and Restaurant, a 19th century bank located in the earliest part of Dublin, inhabited since Viking times. The inside shows a classic world splendor like no other. Possessing a pint of Guinness Draught inside this grand Victorian-era bank was a fun and really unexpected experience.
I was subsequently taken by tara into The Brazen Head. It is unclear how much of this 11th century coach house still continues, but the area feels true and steeped in history.
I could not see Ireland rather than check out a number of its landscapes that are famous, therefore I was away the next morning on a visit to Galway. After coming in Galway and checking into my hotel, I walked straight into Shop Street. It has dozens of storefronts that are bright, brick buildings, and heaps of restaurants and bars.
After researching some of the shops, I headed for lunch. This restaurant has been dubbed as the best fish and chips in Galway for centuries. I am no pro, but the meal I’ve had there confirmed their standing.
Next up, the owner of Galway Bay Boat Tours and I met up for a tour of This Galway Harbor.
We took a drive to Salthill, a resort city right down the street from Galway. It comes with a promenade known simply as the Prom.
Dinner was spent feasting on some of the best fish in Ireland at Kirwans Lane. It is located within Galway’s darkened walls only 1 block. Because Galway is known for its oysters, I ordered a pint of Guinness and a dozen Galway Rock Oysters. The pairing of the oysters together with all the beer was devotion. For my main dish, I got a fish platter of fresh prawns broiled salmon, smoked mackerel and a few more rock oysters.
After that, it was off to O’Connor’s Famous Pub in Salthill.
Thomas O’Connor in 1942 created this bar and is now run by his grandchildren. It has a great deal of antiques and memorabilia throughout. Tom O’Connor showed me his method of minding the Perfect Pint of Guinness and showed me around. The group arrived and the entire scene changed to lively and loud.
The next morning, I headed outside to see the stunning Cliffs of Moher that I had seen so many times in movies that were different. On the way there are several attractions, although it takes approximately 90 minutes nonstop to reach the cliffs. The first place I stopped at was Dunguaire Castle, a 16th century tower house located near the city of Kinvara.
While I had been passing Bealaclugga’s city, I watched. After 15 minutes getting tons of photos, I continued the push. There are incredible views of its bay, Galway, and the Aran Islands. The area offers hiking trails.
I Needed to stop to eat in Doolin before arriving at the Cliffs of Moher.
The Café of doolin was the only place open for lunch. From all their specials, I chose a fish chowder and fish pie
I arrived at the Cliffs of Moher!
These magnificent waterfalls stretch for eight km along the western Irish shore and also stand an astonishing 214 meters (702 feet) tall. Their drops are dramatic, and that’s probably why the cliffs even featured in Hollywood movies, and are the subject of legends, myths, historical accounts.
There were lots of rain showers once I visited. I suggest wearing a coat and boots because windy and rainy here can turn fast. I explored the cliffs for 2 hours.
I had been back to begin my trip back home, the next morning. Experiencing Ireland with Guinness was something I will never forget — that the sites, people, food, and of course the moments spent over a pint of Guinness. It was one and a excursion which I am hoping to expand upon very soon.
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