Guinness Open Gate Brewery… Perhaps you have not yet heard of this feud of beer, but I can assure you that never four words meant so much to the devotees of foam, taste and a good talk between friends paints in hand. It is probably because the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin gets all the attention as it is considered Ireland’s number one attraction for a reason. But is there any other space in this factory where travelers are always welcome? The answer is yes: a brewery that opens its doors to an exclusive universe of styles, nuances, hops and malts. A brewery Olympus that we can visit and taste, and that they themselves define as the home of innovation and experimentation.
An experimental laboratory where “inventions” are tasted
Who are the inventors? A group of experimental brewers who dream in a pint key by constantly testing new recipes and reinterpreting the old ones. Or, in other words, those responsible for the present and future of the company that Arthur Guinness founded in 1759.
The stage? A microbrewery that has been producing on a small scale with complete freedom for more than 100 years. All Guinness innovations originate here. Some will reach bars all over the world and others will never leave the lab. What if the fruit is not as expected? Absolutely nothing. They drink the mistakes and look for new formulas that satisfy the fans of the brand. What if the flavor is what they were looking for? Bingo! We can now set a course for James’s Street. As did the pilgrims on the Way from Dublin to Santiago de Compostela in the Middle Ages, but with other intentions.
Start from the beginning
To get down to business, before you immerse yourself in the appetizing concoctions of the Open Gate Brewery, you should visit the Guinness Storehouse. In this gigantic seven-storey pint you will get to know the history of the country’s most famous black beer in an interactive and enjoyable way. You will discover all the secrets of its famous four ingredients, you will learn to throw away the perfect pint, you will travel through its innovative advertising campaigns and you will be able to taste a creamy pint contemplating spectacular panoramic views of the city.
If your level of English is not very high and you do not want to miss a detail, I recommend that you hire a guided tour in Spanish. It’s going to cost you the same as the ticket at the box office, you won’t have to queue up and also include a pint or a soda at the Gravity Bar. That’s right. That’s right. With Dublin at your feet.
Open Gate Brewery, a new experience for Guinness enthusiasts
After booking your ticket online -it only costs 9€-, you will be served a tasting table with the 4 beers you choose. You don’t have to be an expert because if you’re not sure which beer to try, the master brewers will guide you to the perfect beer for you.
Once the selection process is complete, the dream of any beer lover begins: to be the first to taste the latest in Guinness. From the maturation tanks to the barrels and from there to the glass, for the first time and in the company of experts who will solve all your doubts.
In addition, to complete the experience, this unique tavern has a seasonal menu designed to combine with the new beers: barbecued veal ribs, chili hot dogs, onion rings, chicken wings, Carrigaline cheese risotto balls and jalapeños…
Beer tasting at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery
New ingredients, different temperatures and hop scales, reinterpretations of classic flavours… What beers will you find at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Dublin? A great variety of small special lots, guest beers that increase the catalog of flavors that can be tasted and three that never fail:
Guinness Draught → The most famous and best-selling stout since it was made in 1959. Creamy, with a distinctive ruby red color, and a bold flavor that continues to please palates around the world.
Hop House 13→ A golden lager with the fruity flavour of apricot and peach and very fresh. One of the most popular.
Pure Brew Lager → Golden, fresh, based on Irish malt and Australian and American hops, and alcohol-free.
Sounds like a round plan, doesn’t it? Well, it is. Drop by Dublin’s Guinness Open Gate Brewery is a fun and tasty experience every beer lover should try yes or yes.
INFORMATION FOR VISITING THE GUINNESS OPEN GATE BREWERY IN DUBLIN:
→ How do I get to the Guinness Open Gate Brewery?
Walking distance: about 20 minutes from Dublin city centre.
By Bus: No. 123 from O’Connell Street or Dame Street (approx. 10 min.). Tourist bus included in the Dublin Pass, and Dublin City Sightseeing.
By tram: the nearest LUAS tram stop is St James’s Hospital.
The entrance to the Open Gate Brewery is on Thomas Street, just after the famous black Guinness gates.
→ Opening hours of the brewery
Thursday and Friday: from 16 to 22:30h (last entry 21:30h)
Saturdays: from 14 to 20h (last entry 19h)
Age and accessibility: Only over 18 years old. The brewery has an elevator to facilitate wheelchair access.
→ How to reserve your ticket?
Through your website.
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Dublin Tours in Spanish
Take advantage of your Dublin getaway to do some of these tours with Spanish speaking and highly valued guides:
Free Dublin Tour → A great way to start discovering the city. Private Dublin Tour with Spanish speaking guide → The best choice to discover Dublin at your own pace and choose what you want to see. Free tour of mysteries and legends in Dublin → Travel through secrets, mysteries and legends to discover an unusual Dublin. Free tour of North Dublin → Discover the main monuments in the north of the city and know the less friendly past of the capital.