Ireland through a Guinness Lens

It’s not every day that I have the opportunity to use a new that is precisely what happened earlier this year once I surfaced with Guinness on a five-day experience in Ireland, although I love to explore some new country. Though it wasn’t my first time in Ireland (I had been in 2007 and again in 2008), this trip was all about undergoing the Irish civilization through a Guinness lens.

Ireland through a Guinness Lens

Guinness Draught earlier this trip had of course tried and have enjoyed the thick, creamy brew. 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 times in Finland and Latvia on a work trip. My first evening in Dublin was spent dining on fish and fries in the Temple Bar area with Domhnall. He told me all about the history of Guinness, all of the different kinds of beers they create, and how to correctly pair Guinness beers with specific food (yes, just like you do with wines)! Dessert was paired with Hop House 13 Lager, in case you were interested.

After supper, we headed to some classic Irish pub — no audio, no sports blaring on widescreen TVs — only real people enjoying each other’s company over pints of Guinness. It was so different, and a very warm welcome to Ireland. I somehow already knew the rest of the trip will be good.

The next day started off in The Woolin Mills Eating House with a traditional Irish breakfast with a gourmet twist.

Ireland through a Guinness Lens

Is it heavy? Yes. Is it delicious? Of course!  After fueling up, it was off to the Guinness Storehouse to match up with Domhnall to get a tour of the full brewery. If you anticipate going, I suggest dedicating at least 2-3 hours since there are seven flooring to receive the full experience.

Ground floor: Has a huge retail store and the Guinness story.

Ireland through a Guinness Lens

Floor: The history of Arthur Guinness and how Guinness has been traveling around the globe since 1769.

Second floor: The tasting. Here you get an opportunity to smell the malt through vapor machines then you finally have to taste the Guinness Draught.

Floor: Evolution of Guinness’ Ads.

Fourth floor: includes 2 segments — the Connoisseur Expertise, which is a private connoisseur tasting bar, and the Guinness Academy, where they instruct you how you can pour the great Pint of Guinness. In case you’re thinking, the great Pint ought to be poured into a glass until it is complete, tilted 45 degrees. Allow the surge to settle before filling the glass completely.

Floor: The dining hall where we ate in 1837 Bar and Brasserie. Since 1837 is the year that the now-famous pairing of Guinness with oysters hit the headlines, I purchased a dozen oysters with a pint of Guinness, plus we have some extra dishes to try.

Ireland through a Guinness Lens

Seventh ground: By far the best aspect of the entire excursion, where you may enjoy a pint of Guinness Draught with a 360-degree perspective of Dublin’s amazing skyline. A beautiful observation deck and the perfect way.

My tour of the Guinness Storehouse was so epic to say the very least. It actually gave me a deeper understanding of how ingrained Guinness is at the civilization, not only like a beer but also because a household name that has been part of normal life for the people for at least 250 years.

Next up in my Guinness experience was that the Open Gate Brewery, which is an experimental pilot brewery in St. James’s Gate that is now officially open to the public after years of being shrouded in complete secrecy. Here, brewers let people try beers which will most of the period never reach on shelves and get inventive. Six euro will get you entry and a flight of beers. Keep in mind that the Open Gate Brewery is now only available on Fridays and Thursdays from 5:30pm — 10:30pm. You can book an entry online here.

I went for a different fish and chips dinner. This time I led to Leo Burdocks, a place I have dined at on past excursions. There are seven locations throughout Dublin, and they’re known for their super cod and fries.

My next day in Dublin was devoted to sightseeing. Following a solid Irish breakfast in O’Neill’s Pub & Kitchen it was time to observe that the Spire of Dublin, a stainless steel monument in the center of O’Connell Street.

Ireland through a Guinness Lens

Next up, I took a walk down Grafton Street that was vibrant to get a bit of shopping. This is potentially the most well-known shopping street in the country, and the perfect place to walk some calories off from my heavy meals. Each of the activity had me itching to get a pint, so I headed to one of the oldest pubs in the city, Toners Pub on Baggot Street (est. 1818).

Following Toners, I Travelled for a Fast Stroll through St. Stephen’s Green to get to the Rustic Stone.

This is thought of as one of the greatest restaurants in Dublinfamous for its seasonal ingredients dishes, and for providing the opportunity to cook their meals to perfection on hot volcanic stone to guests. I had seeds that are smashed and the soya chicken wings followed with a cold pint of Guinness Draught. And because I couldn’t resist, I had chocolate and ice cream into top it all off.

After dinner, it was directly to Dublin Castle, just a few blocks from Temple Bar. The castle dates back over 900 years. Now, it’s a museum worth a trip.

It was time to get a rest back at the resort to continue my wanderings. One thing to bear in mind is that Dublin is walkable! Dublin is full of dining choices, ranging from old school traditional to advanced. That evening, I went to get a sampling of both…

Fade Street Social is a Gastrobar serving tapas that are sharable up. I’d my tapas to myself, which comprised bacon wrapped dates and braised lamb with coco beans and truffle cream since I was dining solo. And yes it was as delicious as it sounds!

Ireland through a Guinness Lens

Part of what I love about traveling and filmmakers and other traveling bloggers are connecting. After a fantastic dinner, I met up with Tara of”Where’s Tara.” There was A New Zealander, Tara increased in Ireland and knows her way around the city scene. When Irish writers started to meet here in the early 1970s we met up in Grogan’s Castle Lounge, a bar made famous.

Next up, we headed to The Bank Bar and Restaurant, a 19th century bank situated in the oldest aspect of Dublin, occupied since Viking times. An old world splendor is revealed by the inside . Possessing a pint of Guinness Draught inside this grand bank was a fun and very sudden adventure.

Tara subsequently took me to The Brazen Head, officially named Ireland’s oldest bar dating back to 1198. It’s unclear how much of their 11th century coach house still continues, but the place feels true and steeped in history.

I couldn’t see Ireland and not check out some of its famous landscapes, so I was off the following morning in a visit. After coming in Galway and checking into my hotel, I walked to Shop Street. It has heaps of brick buildings, brilliant storefronts, and tons of pubs and restaurants.

Ireland through a Guinness Lens

After exploring some of the stores, I headed in McDonagh’s for lunch. This restaurant has been dubbed as the very best fish and chips in Galway for centuries. The meal I had there confirmed their reputation, although I’m no specialist.

Next up, I met up with the Proprietor of Galway Bay Boat Tours.

Afterward we took a drive to Salthill, a hotel city right down the street from Galway. It includes a promenade known simply because the Prom.

Ireland through a Guinness Lens

Dinner was spent feasting on some of the very best fish in Ireland. It’s located inside Galway’s darkened walls only one block from Shop Street. I purchased a pint of Guinness along with a dozen Galway Rock Oysters, since Galway is known for its oysters. The oysters with all all the beer’s pairing was devotion. For my main dish, then I got a fish platter of broiled salmon, fresh prawns, smoked mackerel and a few more stone unturned.

Ireland through a Guinness Lens

After that, it Turned out to O’Connor’s Famous Pub in Salthill.

His grandchildren was established by Thomas O’Connor in 1942 and now run this bar. It has a lot of memorabilia and antiques throughout. Tom O’Connor showed me around and showed me that his technique of minding the great Pint of Guinness. The band arrived and the entire scene changed from relaxed.

I headed out to observe the Cliffs of Moher that I had seen in different films. There are several attractions look out and to prevent, although it takes around 90 minutes non-stop to get to the cliffs. The very first place I stopped at was Dunguaire Castle, also a 16th century tower house situated near the city of Kinvara.

Ireland through a Guinness Lens

While I was passing the city of Bealaclugga, I saw a beautiful old cemetery, which deserved a couple of photos. Following 15 minutes getting plenty of photos, I continued the push.  There are incredible views of its bay, Galway, and the Aran Islands. The area also offers hiking trails.

I had to Quit to eat in Doolin before arriving in the Cliffs of Moher.

Ireland through a Guinness Lens

Doolin’s Café was the only place available. From all their specials, I picked a fish chowder and fish pie

I arrived in the Cliffs of Moher!

These magnificent waterfalls stretch for eight kilometers along the western Irish coast and stand an impressive 214 meters (702 ft ) tall. Their vertical falls are staggeringly dramatic, which is why the seas have been the subject of myths, legends, historical accounts, and featured in Hollywood films.

There were lots of rain showers once I visited. I recommend wearing a coat and boots because rainy and windy here can turn quickly. Before going back out to Dublin, the seas were explored by me for 2 hours.

Ireland through a Guinness Lens

I was back on a plane to Finland to begin my trip back home, the next morning. Experiencing Ireland with Guinness was a thing I won’t ever forget — that the sites, people, food, and of course of the memorable moments spent upwards of a pint of Guinness. This is one and a excursion which I expect to expand upon.

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