I recently had the pleasure of going to the Guinness Factory. Guinness, at least by American standards, is Ireland’s most trademarked beer, so wildly popular that its factory has made itself a major interactive tourist attraction. One interaction includes of course, learning how to pour a perfect pint of Guinness. Apparently this cannot just be thoughtlessly streamed into the glass, but actually requires you to tilt the pint glass at a 45-degree angle, and pull down on the tab and pour the Guinness until the beer reaches the harp symbol on the glass. After that, let it sit for a few minutes and top it off. For such talent, one can receive a certificate.
The Guinness factory also includes a trip down memory lane (not my memory because I’m too young and never lived in Ireland prior to this trip) and features the start of the old “Goodness My Guinness” ads in Ireland, there is even one you can star in yourself. Along with that, a place to sip your free Guinness is the Gravity Bar. This bar is high standing bar at the top level of the Guinness factory, that looks all over beautiful Dublin, and even does the courtesy of identifying what you are looking that.
Another great feature of the Guinness factory is the tasting room. Apparently, one cannot just casually sip on a Guinness, when in fact there is a whole technique as to how it is tasted. You have to raise your hand high up to your mouth, elbow bent entirely, take a deep inhale, take in a reasonable amount of Guinness (you’re not supposed to take a small sip or you will only get the foam), drink and exhale. I had never before thought about the amount of effort and detail there was in crafting a beer, not only in how it is made, but how it is poured. The Guinness Factory was truly a unique and fun Dublin experience.