The iconic Guinness brand has become synonymous with Ireland and the best pint of the Black Stuff can only be found in Dublin where it all started!
In 1759, Arthur Guinness decided to acquire what was then a small, disused and ill-equipped brewery at St James’s Gate. The lease, signed on 31 December 1759, was for 9000 years at an annual rent of £45. To start with Arthur brewed ale, but by the 1770s a new drink, a strong black beer called porter, was being exported from London to find favour in Dublin. Arthur decided to brew this new beer himself. He proved extremely successful and Guinness’s porter was well known in London by 1794 as a magazine illustration of that date shows a man drinking porter with a barrel labelled ‘Guinness’ beside him. In 1799 Arthur made the momentous decision to stop brewing ales and concentrate solely on porter - history has shown he made the right choice.
The first export of GUINNESS stout was to the UK in 1769, a shipment of just six and a half barrels. Today, GUINNESS stout is enjoyed in 150 countries around the world.
Guinness Storehouse Tour
The Guinness Storehouse will give visitors an unforgettable welcome and a magical journey deep into the heart of the world famous GUINNESS brand and company. This historical building is central to Dublin's and Ireland's heritage, and has been continually updated to create a blend of fascinating industrial tradition with a contemporary edge. The seven floors bring to life the rich heritage of GUINNESS, telling the story from its origins here at St. James's Gate in Dublin to its growth as a global brand, known all around the world.
The Gravity Bar
Make sure to finish up at the Gravity Bar at the top of the Storehouse, offering panoramic views of Dublin City and of course try a pint of the Black Stuff while enjoying the views of our city!