And then we arrived and I saw why this factory and showroom was a highlight of Dublin tourism. Founded by Arthur Guinness in 1769, the company built its reputation on his unique recipe for making a brew that was dark, full-bodied ("stout") and was a certain bitterness that is strangely pleasing to the palate.
Outside, before entering, I looked up to see all these pipes and enormous tanks. That's a lot of beer-making going on!
Inside, part of the display with this beautiful curtain of water--symbolizing the water used in making Guinness.
Besides water, what's needed to make Guinness (which is really a "stout," and not a beer)?
The barley is roasted, the ingredients are mixed in a secret recipe and voila! You have Guinness. Well, not nearly that simple of course.
Does this look like those little people are carrying this huge vat?
Escalators or a glass elevator carried visitors from floor to floor. I must say, the concept of the whole set-up was pretty impressive. The tour is self-guided so we could spend as much time as we wanted in any section of the building.
And there it is, the perfect glass! Larry got lucky and had two glasses; I only took a few sips of mine and happily handed it over to him.